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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

Concord Coalition Joint Signatory on Letter to President and Congress Asking for Pledge of No New Debt in 2022
December 02, 2022
This week, The Concord Coalition joined forces with budget experts from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, The Progressive Policy Institute, and R Street Institute in sending a letter calling on Congress and the Biden Administration to take one step towards fiscal responsibility by agreeing not to engage in new borrowing for the rest of 2022.
Concord Coalition Alumni Assess The Biggest Challenges for the Next 30 Years
December 01, 2022
This week on Facing the Future, we hear excerpts from a special event held recently at the National Press Club to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Concord Coalition’s founding. We convened an all-star panel of leading experts each of whom at one time worked for the Concord Coalition, and have since gone on to distinguished careers influencing the debate on Capitol Hill over how we should address our fiscal and economic challenges.  Co-hosting the panel discussion with me was Concord’s current policy director Tori Gorman.
Entitlement Reform, More Revenue and Immigration Will Help Tackle Our National Debt
November 23, 2022
This week, we have a special Thanksgiving edition of Facing the Future, taken from a recent Concord Coalition panel discussion held at Fresno State University in California, moderated by Concord field director Phil Smith.