Andrew H. Card Jr., acting dean of Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, is a leading member of the Select Committee on Economic Development that is scheduled to report to Texas Legislature this month regarding the effectiveness of the state’s policies that encourage new business investments and employment and help retain existing facilities and jobs.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus appointed Card to the committee when it was established in 2011. He said Card’s extensive experience in government and the private sector would be of particular value to the committee.
“As a former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and White House Chief of Staff, Dean Card has compiled an extraordinary record of public service to our country. I am deeply honored that he agreed to serve his newly adopted home state by sitting on this committee and helping the Legislature make our economic development efforts more effective and accountable to taxpayers,” Straus added.
The committee also is charged to evaluate existing state and local incentives and policies and will make recommendations regarding their continuation, elimination or modification. Another area of study was how incentives offered to businesses in Texas compared to those available in other states and how those differences affected business decisions regarding where to invest.
In addition to Card, the 12-person select committee includes members of the legislature and representatives of the private sector.
“I’m honored to be part of this important policy effort, and have enjoyed working with my committee colleagues from both the public and private sector,” Card said. “I’ve also been fortunate to have access to Bush School faculty who have expertise in economic development and on whom I could call as our work progressed.”
Card is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Advisory Board and has held senior government positions under three U.S. presidents. In addition to his service as Secretary of Transportation and as White House Chief of Staff, he also worked in the Reagan administration as White House liaison to governors, statewide elected officials, state legislators, mayors and other elected officials.
Media contact: Susan Robertson, Bush School of Government and Public Service, at (979) 862-8845