Dubya's High Card

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The man chosen by George W. Bush to be his White House chief of staff if the Texas governor becomes president, is a longtime Bush family loyalist with a talent for navigating Capitol Hill corridors.

Andrew H. Card, Jr., 53, is a moderate known for his easygoing personality and his ability to keep a cool head under pressure. Even his political enemies consider him a "genuinely nice guy."

Card is a native of Holbrook, Massachusetts, and a former state representative who served four terms. He ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for governor in 1982. As a legislator, he was an early supporter of Bush's father, George Bush, in his failed run for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination. In addition to being state campaign chairman, Card proved his loyalty by also serving as a part-time driver for Bush.

After deciding to pursue a career in Washington, Card joined the Reagan White House as a deputy assistant and liaison to the nation's governors. During this time he stayed close to then Vice President Bush, serving as an adviser.

When the elder Bush decided to run for president again in 1988, Card was a campaign consultant and liaison to the Republican National Committee. He was named deputy-chief-of-staff in the Bush White House, and was eventually rewarded for his loyalty with the post of Transportation Secretary.

After Bill Clinton defeated Bush in 1992, Card remained committed to transportation policy, becoming president of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, an industry lobby group.

Debbie Dingell, president of the General Motors Foundation and wife of Rep. John Dingell, D-Mi., praised Card to the Washington Post as "one of the most supportive people I know." She called him a "genuinely nice guy."

When tapped to join the younger Bush's presidential campaign, Card was the chief lobbyist in Washington for General Motors Corp. He took a leave from that position and was put in charge of the Republican National Convention and, after George W. was nominated, Card helped the candidate prepare for the debates with Democrat Al Gore.

"I am a passionate supporter of Gov. Bush's initiatives and his leadership, and that is independent of the tremendous and absolute respect I have for his dad," Card told CNN.

Card is expected to play a major role on the Bush transition team, and even though the team doesn't have office space yet, Card is already hard at work. Appearing on CBS' Early Show, Card said that should Bush become president-elect, the governor will be ready to lead, despite the obstacles resulting from the incredible election.

"It will be a tremendous challenge, given how close the Congress is – both the House and the Senate. But Gov. Bush has a history of working with people to get things done," Card told Early Show Anchor Jane Clayson. "He did that as governor of Texas. He worked with Deocrats to bring a positive agenda to Texas. And he can work with Democrats and Republicans in Washington D.C. to bring positive reform to the United States."

Card is married with three children.

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