Andrew Card

White House Chief of Staff (2001-2006)

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Andrew H. Card, Jr. became Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in January 2018, a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world.  Card has also held numerous positions at senior levels of government under three Presidents throughout the years, including Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, where Card became the second longest tenured White House Chief of Staff.   Card served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush, as well as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and served President Ronald Reagan as a Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs.

Card served as President of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire from January 2015 through July 2016.  Prior to this, Mr. Card served as Executive Director of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University from August 2013 until December 2014.  He served as Acting Dean of The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from July 2011, until Dean Ryan Crocker's return from service as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan on August 1, 2013. 

Card serves on the Board of Directors of public corporation Union Pacific, on the Board of Directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, on the Business Advisory Board of BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, and on the non-publicly traded Boards for Energy Security Partners, Go Electric, and on a number of non-profit boards.  Card previously served on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a professional speaker represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau and joined NBC News as a contributor in April 2017.

While Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Card coordinated the priorities of the Administration’s agenda, the development of policies, and appointments of Cabinet Secretaries and senior officials throughout the government.  On September 11, 2001, Card is the one who whispered in President Bush’s ear while the President was sitting in a classroom in Florida, that terrorists had attacked the United States.  Card then led a government-wide reorganization to best allocate resources to deal with the aftermath of 9-11 and the new terrorist environment.

Prior to his tenure as White House Chief of Staff, Card managed and ran the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia at the request of nominee Texas Governor George W. Bush.  Before that, Card was Vice President-Government Relations for General Motors Corporation, one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers.  In this role Card directed the company’s international, national, state and local government affairs activities and represented GM on matters of public policy before the U.S. Congress and the Administration.  From 1993 to 1998, Card was President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, the trade association whose members were Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corporation.  When Chrysler became part of Daimler Corporation, Card oversaw the dissolution of the nearly 100 year old trade association. 

In August 1992, at the request of President Bush, Secretary Card coordinated the Administration’s disaster relief efforts in the wake of the massive Hurricane Andrew.  He also directed President Bush’s transition office during the transition from the Bush Administration to the Clinton Administration.  Prior to that he served as Special Assistant (1983 to 1987) and later as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for President Ronald Reagan (1988) where he was liaison to governors, statewide elected officials, state legislators, mayors and other elected officials.  From March 1987 until March 1988, Card ran the successful New Hampshire Presidential Primary Campaign for George H. W. Bush.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Engineering.  He also attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Card served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1967. 

Card has been the recipient of many honorary degrees and awards.

Card is a native of Holbrook, Massachusetts and got his start in politics as an elected official in Holbrook and then as Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975-1983.  He served as a Minority Whip from 1977-1983.  In 1982 he was named Legislator of the Year by the National Republican Legislators Association and received the Distinguished Legislator Award from the Massachusetts Municipal Association.  He was a candidate for the Republican Nomination for Governor of Massachusetts in 1982.

He and his wife, The Reverend Kathleene (Bryan) Card, also from Holbrook, Massachusetts, have three children and six grandchildren.