Jonathan Shuffield

Associate Legislative Director – Public Lands and Liaison to the Western Interstate Region

Jonathan Shuffield serves as NACo’s Associate Legislative Director for Public Lands and Liaison to the Western Interstate Region, lobbying Congress on public lands issues including Payments In Lieu of Taxes, Secure Rural Schools, land management and endangered species. Before joining NACo, Jonathan served as both Policy Director and Executive Director for the Congressional Western Caucus. He also served as Legislative Director for Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) and as Legislative Assistant for Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02), where his primary focus was on federal lands and environmental issues.

A native Texan, Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Kathryn. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring our nation’s public lands, reading history and collecting original vinyl albums.

More from Jonathan Shuffield

  • Blog

    U.S. Senate Passes Great American Outdoors Act

    On June 17, the U.S. Senate Passed S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act, on a bipartisan vote of 73 to 25. This legislation would a create new account to reduce the approximate $20 billion deferred maintenance backlog on our nation’s public lands and make the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) a mandatory spending program.
  • Policy Brief

    Provide Full Mandatory Funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program

    Urge your members of Congress to support mandatory full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Because local governments are unable to tax the property values or products derived from federal lands, PILT payments are necessary to support essential local government services. Unless Congress acts, counties will have received their last fully funded PILT disbursement in 2020. Without mandatory full funding, PILT will remain a discretionary program (subject to the annual appropriations process) and could fall back to pre-2008 funding levels, which would devastate local government service delivery in areas with significant federal land ownership.
  • Policy Brief

    Continue Revenue Sharing Payments to Forest Counties: Support the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program

    Urge your members of Congress to enact a long-term legislative solution for continued revenue sharing payments to forest counties through the U.S. Forest Service’s Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. Congress reauthorized SRS for FY 2019 and FY 2020 in the minibus spending package enacted December 20, 2019. Counties rely on SRS payments to provide numerous critical services including infrastructure, conservation projects, search and rescue missions and fire prevention programs. Absent Congressional action, the last authorized SRS payments will be made to counties in spring 2021.


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The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees.  Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to:

  • Advocate county priorities in federal policymaking
  • Promote exemplary county policies and practices
  • Nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks
  • Optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and
  • Enrich the public’s understanding of county government.


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