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Jim Nickel, Courson Nickel Governmental Relations

Jim Nickel

Courson Nickel Governmental Relations

Jim Nickel, a native of Crowley, Louisiana and graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge has 25 years of governmental and political experience at all levels in Louisiana and throughout the United States.

Nickel was hired directly out of college to serve as State Field Director for the successful U.S. Senate campaign for then Congressman John Breaux of Louisiana. Jim worked for Senator Breaux in Washington, DC in a number of capacities including serving as his Director of State Offices and Campaign Manager.

In 1991, Nickel was selected to serve as Executive Director for the Louisiana Democratic Party and coordinated successful campaigns for dozens of statewide, legislative, parish and local offices. In 1995 Nickel was elected as Chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

Called “the most effective political operative in Louisiana politics” by noted political commentator John Maginnis, Nickel has also served in leadership capacities for many of Louisiana’s statewide, federal and state legislative campaigns. Nickel has over two decades of experience in working with elected officials, businesses and community leaders, and the media throughout Louisiana. He is a regular political commentator on television and radio stations across the state. Nickel served on the Board of Advisors for the Academy of Politics at Louisiana State University and is a regular guest lecturer at universities throughout the state. He is a former Chairman and member of the Board of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and former Chairman of the Board of WRKF Public Radio in Baton Rouge.

Nickel’s governmental relations clients have included: ATT, CH2MHill, City of Baton Rouge, Sempra Energy, Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, CHRISTUS Health, Lamar Corporation, Louisiana Flagship Coalition, 3M, IBM, Interstate Logos, Louisiana Oil Marketers and Convenience Store Association, The Louisiana Police Jury Association, Motorola and Stonehenge Capital.

Nickel is married to the former Susan Shaw of Houma and is the father of three daughters, Samantha, 22, Maggie, 19 and Isabella, 16.