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Duggan leaving NFIB, Brad Close named acting president

Veteran lobbyist and association leader’s departure after four years announced in brief statement; no information on new search


Dec. 13, 2019
By William Ehart

Eighteen months after being recognized by President Donald Trump at the White House for helping get his signature tax cuts passed, Juanita Duggan is departing the powerful small-business lobby that played a role in that victory.

In a brief statement late on Friday, Dec. 6, the $100 million-revenue National Federation of Independent Business said it was replacing Duggan with an acting president: Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy Brad Close. The latter has been with NFIB for more than 17 years, and was promoted to the senior vice president role by Duggan.