Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card, Jr. Headlines Keynote Session at 2018 Annual Meeting & Convention

With a still-struggling economy, a divided Congress and a number of hot-button issues on the national agenda, much is at stake for America’s future. Andrew H. Card, Jr.—who served as President George W. Bush’s Chief of Staff when he faced a divided Congress for part of his term—takes a penetrating look at today’s political climate and offers options for both parties to work together on important issues like immigration, education, tax policy, the economy and the other issues of our times.

Andrew H. Card, Jr. recently became a board member in July 2018 of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and, since January 2018, has been Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), 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, he 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. Card also 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 Business Advisory Board of BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, and on the non-publicly traded Boards for Energy Security Partners, Go Electric, as well as on a number of non-profit boards. Card previously served on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He 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.

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

Card, a native of Holbrook, Massachusetts, 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 currently resides in New Hampshire.

Card’s Opening Session: A Look at Politics in America is a ‘must-see’ while at the CCUA’s upcoming Annual Meeting, Convention and Trade Show on Thursday, October 11, 2018 starting at 8:30 a.m. To register for the CCUA’s Annual Meeting, Convention and Trade Show or for hotel information, click here.  Early bird registration has been extended to August 31.

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