Chairman & CEO
Don Nickles is chairman and CEO of The Nickles Group, a firm he founded in 2005 after serving in the U.S. Senate for 24 years. He oversees the firm’s government relations and consulting practices, also providing strategic advice to clients on a wide range of policy issues.
Guided by his small business roots and belief in fiscal responsibility, Nickles spent his time in the Senate championing economic growth and lower taxes while also advancing free enterprise causes including natural gas deregulation and repeal of onerous ergonomics regulations. Perhaps most importantly, Nickles believed in collaborating with colleagues across the aisle on policy to benefit the American people. A commitment to hard work as well as respect and friendship for those he led and those he worked with defined his Senate tenure and continue now through his longstanding relationships with colleagues and his approach at The Nickles Group.
Nickles spent more than half his Senate career in leadership elected by his peers to positions including Assistant Majority Leader, Chairman of the Senate Republican Senatorial Committee and Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee in addition to his roles as Chairman of the powerful Senate Budget Committee, and a senior member of both the Senate Finance Committee and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Prior to his time in the U.S. Senate, Nickles served in the Oklahoma State Senate and worked for Nickles Machine Corporation, a family business based in Oklahoma.
Education: Oklahoma State University, bachelor’s degree