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2013 Manufacturing, Trade & Workforce / Commerce Department

Bruce Andrews, Chief of Staff

(Chet Susslin)

photo of Chris Frates
July 16, 2013

As the Commerce Department's chief of staff, Andrews may have the broadest portfolio of any of his Cabinet counterparts. Commerce handles everything from international trade and business to the census and the weather. And it's Andrews's job to keep the department moving on its four-part agenda of competitiveness and innovation, increasing national exports, promoting investment in America, and boosting U.S. manufacturing. Andrews, 45, manages the department and the office of the secretary, is a senior adviser to the secretary, and works closely with the department's bureau heads. He is well positioned to succeed. He worked as general counsel on the Senate Commerce Committee, as a House staffer, and as a lobbyist for both private firms and Ford Motor. In fact, it's his private-sector experience and tour on the Senate Commerce Committee that helped him land this gig. After arriving, Andrews helped John Bryson transition into the secretary's job, and, when Bryson resigned last year, Andrews helped the acting secretary continue moving the department forward during a tumultuous time. Andrews graduated from Haverford College and Georgetown University Law Center. He grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., and is a huge Syracuse University sports fan. Despite his upstate upbringing, Andrews has been a lifelong Redskins fan, largely because his grandparents lived in the D.C. area when he was a child. He's a season-ticket holder. Andrews is married with two daughters.

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