Governor George F. Allen
George Allen has served the people of Virginia in the House of Delegates, U.S. House of Representatives, as Governor of Virginia and in the U.S. Senate.
As Governor, George Allen brought sweeping reform that would make Virginia a national model in economic development, public safety, education accountability, and welfare reform.
He worked with a Democratic-controlled General Assembly to cut taxes by more than $600 million; make neighborhoods safer with the abolition of parole; enact historic, pro-work welfare reforms; enact the nation’s first Public-Private Transportation funding system; reduce the size of government with greater efficiency and accountability; and grow the economy. During Allen’s term, Virginia was dubbed the “Silicon Dominion” by US News and World Report. His administration recruited over $13 billion in new investments and more than 300,000 net new private sector jobs were created.
In the U.S. Senate, George Allen advocated for policies to make America a leader in innovation and technology. He was appointed Chairman of the Senate High Tech Task Force and created the Competitive Caucus to keep America the "world capital of innovation". He also founded the Nanotechnology Caucus with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). Allen was a member of the following committees: Commerce, Science and Transportation, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Energy and Natural Resources, and Foreign Relations, serving as Chairman of the Subcommittee on European Affairs.
Allen served in Senate Republican Leadership as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2004 election cycle, when Republicans gained four seats in the Senate.
As Governor, U.S. Senator and a private citizen, Allen has lead Trade Missions and continued to participate in international relations with Asian, European and Latin American countries.
Currently, he is President of George Allen Strategies. He serves on the boards of directors of several technology companies, including Lee Technologies, nanoRisk Assessment and Hillsdale Group. Allen is the Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar for the Young America’s Foundation.
As Governor, Allen funded the School of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University and serves on its Foundation Board of Trustees, and he helped found the Appalachian School of Law and serves on its Board of Trustees. Allen also serves on the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors and is an Honorary Virginia Co-Chairman of Communities in Schools with Sen. Mark Warner. He serves on the advisory boards of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hampton Roads Proton Beam Therapy Institute at Hampton University.
In 2009, Allen launched the American Energy Freedom Center, serving as Chairman until 2011. The Center informs and educates on positive ideas for American jobs and prosperity. It promotes increased opportunities and competitiveness with the use of our plentiful energy resources. In 2010, Allen authored his book What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports.
George Allen holds a B.A. degree "with distinction" in History, and a law degree from the University of Virginia. He played on the football and rugby teams during his time at UVA. Allen was named All-ACC Academic Team, Quarterback in 1972. He and his wife, Susan, reside near Mt. Vernon in Fairfax County and have three children: Tyler, Forrest, and Brooke.
Paul Unger served as Counsel and Legislative Director for Senator George Allen for the six years that Senator Allen served in the Senate. While on Senator Allen's staff, Paul worked on issues before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee including the 2005 energy bill and issues before the Senate Commerce Committee such as the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act and efforts to ban taxes on Internet sales. In addition, Paul worked with Senator Allen when he was chair of the European Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on matters affecting the bilateral relationship between the European Union and the United States including NATO expansion and cooperation on fighting terrorism.
Prior to working for George Allen, Paul was Counsel to Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon and Majority Staff Director of the House Agriculture Committee. During 2007-2009, Paul was a Vice President of Federal Public Affairs for McGuireWoods Consulting where he lobbied for a variety of business clients. Paul is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Law School.
Tim Nussbaum is the General Manager of George Allen Strategies, responsible for the firm’s day-to-day operations as well as ensuring efficient communication with, and satisfactory customer-service for George Allen Strategies’ clients.
Tim joined Governor Allen’s team in February 2008 as the Governor’s Executive Assistant at George Allen Strategies. Previously, he was the Senior Research Assistant on Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign.
In March of 2013, he was named Executive Director of the American Energy Freedom Center, and serves on AEFC’s Board of Directors as Secretary and Treasurer. In 2009 and 2010, Tim served as the chief liaison between Allen, as Chairman of the American Energy Freedom Center, and the Executive Director.
In 2010, Tim served as Executive Director of Allen’s Good Government for America PAC. Working with a team of trusted advisors, located in many parts of the Commonwealth and country, Tim coordinated all of Governor Allen’s fundraising, political and communications activities.
In 2011 and 2012, Tim served Allen’s U.S. Senate campaign as the Northern Virginia Operations Coordinator. Tim was responsible for all field, political and logistical activity in the most diverse region of the Commonwealth, including sixteen counties and seven cities, representing over 2.8 million residents and 36% of the population.
Tim graduated with a B.A. in Government and History from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he played on the college hockey team. Tim was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Potomac, Maryland, where he met the future Mrs. Nussbaum in kindergarten. They live in Arlington, Virginia.