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Andrew Card has enjoyed a distinguished career, beginning in the mid-70s when he was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature. A few years later he was tapped by President Ronald Reagan to serve as deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs. Card later served in President George H. W. Bush's administration as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, where he managed the daily operations of the White House. He would go on to be the 11th U.S. secretary of transportation before being selected by then President-elect George W. Bush to be White House Chief of Staff, a position he held for nearly six years, making him the second longest serving chief of staff in modern history.
Most recently, Card was acting dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, a position he held for several years. He was also executive director in the Office of the Provost.
A native of Holbrook, Massachusetts, Card is very familiar with Franklin Pierce University. He previously served on the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees, helping to develop the university’s program in mass communication, named after fellow Franklin Pierce trustee, Marlin Fitzwater. He is the recipient of many honorary degrees, including one from Franklin Pierce University in 2002.
Card was elected to Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1975 and served until 1983. Card went on to serve in President Reagan's administration in various roles, including deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs, where he was liaison to governors, state legislators, mayors, and other elected officials.
From 1988 to 1992, Card served in President George H. W. Bush's administration as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, where he managed the daily operations of the White House.
From 1992 until 1993, Card served as the 11th U.S. secretary of transportation. In August 1992, at the request of President Bush, Card coordinated the Administration's disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Later that year, Card directed President Bush's office during the transition from the Bush administration to the Clinton administration. From 1993 to 1998, Card was president and chief executive officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association.
On November 26, 2000, Card was appointed chief of staff to President-elect George W. Bush. Card's last day as chief of staff was April 14, 2006, making him the second-longest serving White House chief of staff.
From 2011 to 2014, Card served as acting dean at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and as executive director in the Office of the Provost.
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 and has received numerous honorary degrees and awards. He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.