Nan Swift

Resident Fellow, Governance Program

Nan Swift researches, writes and builds relationships across party lines to promote R Street’s Governance Program with Congress.

Prior to R Street, Nan worked as professional staff for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. She was responsible for outreach to coalition partners to get support and feedback for the Committee’s oversight, budget and budget process reform efforts.

Nan also worked as a federal affairs manager for the National Taxpayers Union. In this role, she worked closely with members of Congress—and other organizations—on both sides of the aisle. She advocated on behalf of taxpayers for lower spending, budget process reform, and a reduction in the unfair federal subsidies and policies that distort so many key industries.

She has degrees in political studies and English literature from Gordon College (Wenham, MA).

Nan lives in Arlington, Virginia with two churlish guinea pigs (Ocho and Seven Jr.) and a COVID-19 cat, Charlie.


Partisan budget reconciliation strategy burns bridges

September 14, 2021
Even as they push a $1 trillion infrastructure spending package, Democrats are burning bridges with their partisan $3.5 trillion federal budget. This spending plan will make it difficult to tackle… Read More

Letter: Bipartisan Coalition Urges Appropriators to Restore Congress’ Power of the Purse

April 23, 2021
Dear Chairman Leahy, Vice Chairman Shelby, Senator Van Hollen, and Senator Hyde-Smith: We are an ideologically diverse coalition of organizations that have come together to preserve and promote the constitutional… Read More

If you don’t like the score, play better

April 19, 2021
Senate Democrats, frustrated their increasingly costly agenda is hitting some speedbumps (also known as business as usual), are considering a novel—and dangerous—solution to their legislative logjam: sub out the… Read More

Congress once again gives away the farm

March 2, 2021
Tom Vilsack will once again assume the top spot at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to support his confirmation. Vilsack previously served as Secretary… Read More