WASHINGTON, DC –Jim Nussle, former eight-term Congressman and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Growth Energy, the coalition of ethanol supporters announced today. Nussle, who has served on the Board of Directors of Growth Energy since February 2009, started in the newly-created position on November 1.

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis said that Nussle will provide immediate value to the organization. “Jim’s experience on Capitol Hill and his ability to manage large teams will be huge assets to Growth Energy,” Buis said. “As a former Iowa Congressman, he also possesses the knowledge of ethanol and agriculture that will allow him to hit the ground running and be a powerful advocate for America’s ethanol supporters.”

Nussle noted that he is looking forward to the opportunity to work full time on behalf of the ethanol industry. “While representing the 1st District of Iowa for 16 years, I witnessed the positive impact that ethanol production had on rural America,” Nussle said. “Over the past few years as a Director at Growth Energy, I’ve seen the benefits of ethanol to the entire country. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work full-time on behalf of America’s ethanol supporters, so that our nation can benefit even more from this clean, green, renewable fuel.”

As President and COO, Nussle will be responsible for Growth Energy’s day-to-day operations, including revenue growth, budget, expenses, communications, and other non-lobbying associated activity.

Jim Nussle currently serves as President and CEO of The Nussle Group, offering strategic consulting. A native of Iowa, Nussle served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and rose to become Chairman of the House Budget Committee. Appointed to Director of the OMB in 2007, Nussle was one of President Bush’s most senior White House advisors. He received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Luther College and his law degree from Drake University in Des Moines.

About Growth Energy

Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America’s economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth Energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at GrowthEnergy.org.

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