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U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson Taps Senior Capitol Hill Staffer and Veteran Attorney as New Chief of Staff

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bryson’s top adviser brings significant public and private sector experience to the Department

Newly sworn in U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson today announced that Bruce Andrews will be the agency’s new Chief of Staff.  In this position, Andrews will serve as Secretary Bryson’s most senior adviser and counselor; he will oversee the entire operation of the department and spearhead the Department’s efforts to implement the top policy priorities of the Obama administration. 

“Bruce has an impressive policy, legal and managerial background, bringing instant credibility and expertise to this position,” Bryson said.  “His experience in senior roles in both the private and public sectors will add great value here at the Commerce Department, and I look forward to working with him to continue our efforts to support the business community, boost job creation and help American companies succeed both at home and abroad.”

“I am excited to join Secretary Bryson’s team at the Department of Commerce and look forward to working with him to achieve his-and the president's-number one priority: getting more Americans back to work,” Andrews said.  “I have been very fortunate to work for a number of great leaders, like Senator Jay Rockefeller and Alan Mulally, and am eager to get to work for Secretary Bryson.”

Prior to joining Commerce, Andrews served as General Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where he served as the chief counsel for the Committee and was responsible for policy, legal and jurisdiction issues. Before joining the Committee staff, Andrews served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Ford Motor Company, where he oversaw the company’s federal and state government affairs. Prior to joining Ford, Andrews practiced law in the Public Policy and Telecommunications Groups at Arnold & Porter.  He was also a founding member of the firm Quinn Gillespie & Associates (QGA), where he worked with clients on a variety of issues related to transportation, technology, judiciary, telecommunications and financial services. Andrews began his career on Capitol Hill where he served as Legislative Director for Representative Tim Holden (D-PA), Legislative Assistant for Representative Gus Yatron (D-PA) and Staff Assistant for Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA).

Andrews, a Syracuse, New York native, is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Haverford College. He, his wife, and two daughters live in Washington, D.C.