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 National Events Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chaired by Senator Breaux. This work involved participating in U.S. Senate campaigns across the country.
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 and directed the successful 1996 Clinton Gore campaign in Louisiana. Nickel was retained in 1997 as State Director and Campaign Manager for United States Senator John Breaux.
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. He was recently named to the Top 40 under 40 in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Nickel serves 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 is the current Chairman of the Board of WRKF Public Radio in Baton Rouge.
Nickel's governmental relations clients have included: ATT, Murphy Oil Corporation, Northwest Airlines, Sempra Energy, Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, CHRISTUS Health, Lamar Corporation, Blueprint Louisiana, 3M, IBM, The Louisiana Psychological Association, Rite Aid Corporation, The American Advertising Association, BellSouth, 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, 18, Maggie, 14 and Isabella, 10. They are members of First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge.