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Robert Bixby
Executive Director

Robert L. Bixby is executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington and helps educate the public about the federal budget and the need to protect our children and future generations from excessive government debt.

Bixby joined Concord in 1992 and served in several positions, including policy director and national field director, before being named executive director in 1999. He has served as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force (the Domenici-Rivlin commission), which produced a model plan for comprehensive fiscal reform.

He frequently speaks around the country on the nation’s fiscal challenges and possible bipartisan solutions, including greater government efficiency, tax reform and improvements in the entitlement program. He has testified at congressional hearings and been interviewed by news organizations around the country. Bixby has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and Fox News.

He and The Concord Coalition’s “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour” were also featured prominently in the critically-acclaimed documentary film “I.O.U.S.A.”

Bixby has a bachelor's degree in political science from American University, a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law, and a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Before joining Concord, he practiced law and served as the chief staff attorney of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Recent Publications

The Stain We Must Erase
January 08, 2021
The shocking, tragic, and disgraceful events at the Capitol building on January 6th threaten to leave an indelible stain on our nation’s character.  There is no getting around the fact that here in our supposedly stable democracy the Constitutional process of peacefully confirming the results of a legitimate presidential election was interrupted by an unruly mob, egged on by a dangerously self-absorbed president, who refused to concede defeat at the polls until after the mob had ransacked the Capitol building and a police officer was killed.
A Ray of Hope on COVID Relief
December 07, 2020
A welcome ray of hope pierced the partisan Washington fog last week when a bipartisan group of lawmakers outlined a new COVID-19 relief plan. Nine Senators - four Republicans, four Democrats, and one independent - joined the House Problem Solvers caucus as sponsors of the $908 billion proposal.
Health Care Costs: The Federal Budget's Pre-Existing Condition
November 19, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the nation’s health care system. Much of that attention has understandably been devoted to strategies for combating the virus, which has infected more than 11 million Americans, caused over 247,000 deaths, devastated the economy and contributed to a ballooning federal debt. Controlling the virus is first and foremost a public health issue, but it is also an essential element of any plan to revive the economy and stabilize the budget.