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Two Former Bush 41 Aides To Join Presidents Day Celebration

Former Secretary Andy Card and former Chief of Staff Jean Becker will share rare, behind-the-scenes memories of President George H.W. Bush.
By Lauren Zajicek, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs Administrative Coordinator February 6, 2019

Aerial view of the Bush campus.
Aerial view of the George H.W. Bush campus.

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On Monday, Feb. 11, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Secretary of Transportation Andy Card will join President George H.W. Bush’s former White House Chief of Staff Jean Becker for a special program celebrating Presidents Day and honoring the 41st commander in chief . A reception at 5 p.m. will be followed by a talk at 6 p.m. in the Frymire Auditorium in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.

This special event, which is open to the public, is hosted by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs in the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government & Public Service, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Reservations are required by email at

Becker and Card will share their experiences and insights about the organization and function of George H.W. Bush’s White House, and his style of leadership.

Andrew Card

Card served President George H.W. Bush as his White House deputy chief of staff from 1989 to 1992, and then as his secretary of transportation. He later worked as President George W. Bush’s White House chief of staff from 2001 to 2006, the second-longest tenure in U.S. history.

Card also has served as president of Franklin Pierce University, executive director of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M, and acting dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M.

He currently serves on the board of directors of both Union Pacific and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the business advisory board of BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, boards of non-publicly traded companies including Energy Security Partners and Go Electric, and boards of various non-profits.

Jean Becker

Becker served as chief of staff to former President George H.W. Bush from 1994 to 2018. In this position, she supervised his post-presidential offices in Houston and Kennebunkport, Maine, and she oversaw the opening of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in 1997.

She remains an ad hoc member of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and the Bush School of Government and Public Service advisory boards. In 1999, Becker edited and researched, “All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings.”

Previously, Becker served First Lady Barbara Bush as deputy press secretary from 1989 tol 1992, and later helped the first lady edit and research her books, “Barbara Bush: A Memoir” and “Reflections.”

Media contact: Lauren Zajicek, The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, 979-845-6510,

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