Bruce Andrews was confirmed as the deputy secretary of commerce on July 24, 2014, after being named acting deputy secretary of commerce by President Obama and Secretary Penny Pritzker on June 9, 2014. Previously, Bruce served as chief of staff to the secretary at the US Department of Commerce.
Prior to joining Commerce, Bruce served as general counsel for the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where he was responsible for policy, legal and jurisdiction issues. Before joining the committee staff, he served as vice president of governmental affairs for the Ford Motor Company. Prior to joining Ford, Bruce practiced law as an attorney 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. Bruce began his career on Capitol Hill, serving as legislative director for Representative Tim Holden (D-PA), legislative assistant for Representative Gus Yatron (D-PA,) and on the staff of Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA).
A Syracuse, New York, native, Bruce is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Haverford College. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and children.