WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has tapped Legislative Counsel Nicole Gustafson to spearhead the office’s conservative coalitions outreach.

“Nicole is committed to advancing the conservative principles that make America great,” Scalise said. “I look forward to working with Nicole to build lasting partnerships with organizations that share our conservative values to help develop and pass bold conservative solutions for American families as we work to move our country forward.”

Gustafson’s announcement was praised by prominent conservative organizations.

“Nicole Gustafson has been a strategic voice for conservatives in her many roles on Capitol Hill,” said Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council. “Her tireless advocacy for policy solutions that reflect conservative beliefs on social, fiscal and national defense policy underscores her commitment to conservatism. Nicole is a friend to all of those who love and cherish faith, family and freedom. We at Family Research Council look forward to continuing to work with her and Majority Whip Scalise to advance policies that benefit the American family.” 

“Nicole Gustafson is a talented coalitions builder who has worked tirelessly with the SBA List throughout the years to advance commonsense legislation that saves unborn children and protects mothers,” said Hon. Marilyn Musgrave, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Susan B. Anthony List. “We look forward to continue working with Nicole and Majority Whip Scalise to pass laws that save lives.”

“We are so glad to hear that Nicole Gustafson will be working in the House leadership to build bridges and coordinate with pro-life groups,” said Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO for Americans United for Life. “We are really looking forward to working with Nicole toward building an America where every person is welcomed in life and protected in law.”

“Nicole Gustafson is a veteran of many pro-life legislative battles, and we hold her in the highest regard,” said Douglas Johnson, Legislative Director for National Right to Life Committee. “National Right to Life looks forward to collaborating with Majority Whip Scalise, Nicole, and the entire leadership team, to continue to advance pro-life public policy goals.”

“Nicole is a fighter with a good strategic mind,” said Ed Corrigan, of the Heritage Foundation. “She is well respected in the Conservative Movement and will be a vital asset to the Whip team advancing our principles.”

Nicole joined the Office of the Majority Whip after working for former Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as Chief Counsel. Prior to working in House leadership, Nicole served as Policy Director for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and previously with the Senate Judiciary Committee as Counsel to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). She began her career on Capitol Hill as Legislative Counsel to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) before joining the Pro-Life Caucus. Nicole is a graduate of William Penn University and she received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.