Andrew Hill Card, Jr. is an American politician and currently serves as President George W. Bush's Chief of Staff. He helps President Bush make many of his policy decisions and manages the daily operations of the White House staff. He is not, however, a high-profile or politically controversial figure like previous occupants of the position. Card helped run Bush's presidential transition team before and after Bush's inauguration.
Card got his start in politics serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975-1983.
From 1992 until 1993, Card served as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush. In August 1992, at the request of President Bush, Secretary Card coordinated the Administration's disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Later that year, Secretary Card directed President Bush's transition office during the transition from the Bush Administration to the Clinton Administration.
From 1988 to 1992, Card served in President Bush's administration as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff. Card served in President Reagan's administration as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and subsequently as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, where he was liaison to governors, statewide elected officials, state legislators, mayors and other elected officials.
Prior to being named Chief of Staff for the presidential administration of Governor Bush, Mr. Card was General Motors' Vice President of Government Relations since 1999. Card directed the company's international, national, state and local government affairs activities and represented GM on matters of public policy before Congress and the Administration.
From 1993 to 1998, Card was President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the trade association whose members were Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation. The AAMA dissolved in December 1998.
Mr. Card graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
A native of Holbrook, Massachusetts, Andy, and his wife Kathleene, have three children and four grandchildren.