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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

America’s Immigrants Could Be Source of Strength for the Economy
March 12, 2018
This is an excerpt from a guest column published March 12 in The Hill. It was written by Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby.
Spending Deal Rejects Any Semblance of Fiscal Responsibility
February 07, 2018
When 2017 began the nation had a new Congress, a new president and an old problem: debt on an unsustainable path. One year later, the new Congress and the new president have done nothing to address the old problem. In fact, they have made it worse. The tax cut that was passed with great fanfare just before Christmas and celebrated as a “gift” to the American people will add at least one trillion dollars to the debt we are leaving to our children.
Rising Interest Rates Will Increase Federal Budget Challenges
February 05, 2018
Last week brought some good news for the economy and challenging news for the federal budget. The good news was a solid jobs number -- a gain of 200,000 in January -- and an even more promising gain in average hourly wages to 2.9 percent from a year earlier. Combined with steady, if unspectacular, growth of 2.6 percent at an annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2017, the economy seems to be doing pretty well.