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Upton Names GOP Policy Heavyweight Gary Andres as Energy and Commerce Committee Staff Director

Upton & Andres have worked closely together through the years dating back to Andres' tenure in Bush 41 White House

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Washington, DC, December 14, 2010 | Sean C. Bonyun ((202) 225-3761) | comments

Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), incoming Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced today that White House veteran and leading conservative Gary Andres will serve as Staff Director of the Committee in the 112th Congress.  Upton has worked closely with Andres through the years on various issues, dating back to Andres' tenure in the Office of Legislative Affairs in the George H. W. Bush Administration. 

"The nation faces many challenges - whether repealing Obamacare, cutting spending or fighting job-killing regulations, we have monumental tasks on our plate at Energy and Commerce and the American people expect us to deliver.  With so much at stake, there is no one more qualified to serve as Staff Director of Energy and Commerce than Gary Andres.  For over two decades, Gary has been a leading voice in Republican policy, always seeking solutions to advance our principles to limit the size and scope of government."

Upton continued, "I have long valued Gary's wisdom and friendship, dating back to his days in the Bush 41 White House.  Gary knows how to focus like a laser beam to get the job done.  He is one of the most respected, most knowledgeable individuals in Republican policy who has advised Presidents and Republican Leaders through the years and has the demeanor and relationships to help advance our agenda."

Andres will bring a remarkable policy background to Capitol Hill.  He currently serves as Vice Chairman of Public Policy and Research at Dutko Worldwide.  His extensive writing career as a conservative voice includes serving as a weekly columnist for The Weekly Standard Online, and regularly contributing to publications like Politico, National Review, RealClearPolitics, and Roll Call.  Andres served as Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs to President George H.W. Bush and was an advisor for the George W. Bush presidential transition team.

Gary is also a Research Fellow at the American University Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in Washington, D.C.  He earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Illinois (Chicago).

"I look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with Fred and the new Republican majority," said Andres.  "We are at a critical juncture in our nation's history, and Republicans must deliver on our pledge to the American people by cutting spending, repealing Obamacare, and helping create new jobs.  What we accomplish at the Energy and Commerce Committee will be critical to earning back the trust of the American people."

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