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‘Exhaustive’ talent search delivers new RFA head


An ‘exhaustive’ nationwide talent search has resulted in the appointment of Robert Nixon as the new Executive Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA).

Nixon, who was chosen from more than 60 qualified candidates, is among New Jersey’s leading legislative lobbyists. He is also founder of the President of State House Strategies, a government affairs consulting firm.

“I am excited to help lead the RFA into the future, both as an avid saltwater fisherman and as a public policy professional,” said Nixon. “I think we can accomplish great things. I can’t wait to see where we can go.”

The RFA is a national grassroots political body established in 1996 to represent the rights of recreational fishermen and the recreational industry on marine fisheries issues.

Robert T. Healey Jr., RFA Chairman, said: “Rob has got the right blend of experience and industry knowledge to be successful. I’m proud to stand with him in advocating for the rights of anglers and helping to stem the tide of overreaching government regulations.”

Nixon is no stranger to fighting for the cause of recreational anglers and boaters. He previously represented the RFA as a lobbyist in Trenton and was responsible for the enactment of the law prohibiting the commercial fishing of menhaden in state waters, along with numerous other pro-fishing bills.

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