Sen. Don Nickles (OK)
Senator Don Nickles is chairman and CEO of The Nickles Group, a firm he founded in 2005. Over his 24 years in the Senate, Nickles championed economic growth and free enterprise. Among many legislative achievements, Nickles successfully fought to repeal inheritance tax on surviving spouses, cut dividend and capital gains taxes, and repeal the Windfall Profits Tax. He also was a staunch advocate to eliminate onerous regulations, especially in the natural gas markets. Perhaps most importantly, Nickles believed in collaborating with colleagues across the aisle on policy to benefit the American people.
Nickles was elected by his peers to several leadership positions including Assistant Majority Leader, served as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and was a senior member of the Senate Finance and Energy Committees. Prior to his time in the U.S. Senate, Nickles served in the Oklahoma State Senate and worked for family-owned Nickles Machine Corporation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.