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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

COVID Lingers. Have We Learned Any Lessons?
May 26, 2022
This week on Facing the Future, we focus on the persistently lingering COVID 19 pandemic, as we appear to be in another national surge of infections, and have recently surpassed 1,000,000 deaths from the pandemic in the United States. The pandemic has had an enormous impact on our economy and our federal budget, and Congress is currently wrestling with another COVID emergency funding measure for states and local jurisdictions. 
First Quarter GDP: Down But Not Out
May 04, 2022
This week on Facing the Future, we looked at the state of the economy, including the first quarter GDP report, inflation expectations, the prospects for a "soft landing" as the Fed begins to tighten monetary policy, and whether there are any glimmers of hope for immigration reform.  Our guest was Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum and former director of the Congressional Budget Office. Concord Coalition policy director Tori Gorman and chief economist Steve Robinsion joined the conversation.
How the Younger Generation Views Fiscal Responsibility
April 27, 2022
This week on Facing the Future, we go back in for a deeper dive with the voices of our future leaders and how they would address the growing challenge of putting the federal budget on a more sustainable path over the next 30 years. We spoke to college students from all over the country who recently competed in the national finals of the Fiscal Challenge held here in Washington, D.C.