Nicolas “Nick” David Muzin is a Canadian-born Republican political strategist, attorney and physician. He serves as the director of coalitions for the United States House Republican Conference and is currently senior adviser and deputy chief of staff for strategy for current Republican candidate for President of the United States Sen. Ted Cruz.
1 Early life
4 Personal life
Muzin is originally from Toronto, Ontario, and is the son of Helen and Gary Muzin. His father is the president of a construction distribution and supply company.
Muzin attended Ner Israel Yeshiva High School in Toronto. After spending some post-high school time at the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, he attended Yeshiva University in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. While there, he served as editor in chief of the school newspaper, The Commentator, graduating in 1997. Muzin then completed Albert Einstein College of Medicine on a full four-year scholarship in 2001. Following a year as an internal medicine intern, Muzin proceeded to Yale Law School. At Yale, Nicolas was a member of the Jewish leadership society Shabtai.
In 2000, Muzin found himself supporting the Al Gore / Joe Lieberman ticket, but found himself gravitating towards the conservative side of the aisle while in Yale. He joined George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign as counsel for the Republican National Committee and served as a medical adviser for the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. From 2005 to 2008, Muzin was of council at Williams & Connolly.
Muzin was policy adviser for then Charleston City Councilmember Tim Scott during his successful 2010 campaign for US Congress following the retirement of Rep. Henry Brown, and until December of that year, served as Scott’s chief of staff. Muzin remained involved with Scott during his transition from the House to his current position in the Senate.
Recruited by Chad Sweet, national campaign chairman for Sen. Ted Cruz, Muzin is currently senior advisor and deputy chief of staff for strategy for Cruz’s Republican candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Cruz has stated publicly that he uses Muzin as a sounding board on issues related to Judaism and to gain a deeper understanding of the religion and the broader community.
Muzin is also the national political director for the Washington D.C. political