At a Glance
- Career History: Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders (1986-1990); Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University College of Law (1985-86 and 1989-90); Practicing attorney (1982-90)
- Birthday: August 4, 1957
- Hometown: Camden, New Jersey
- Alma Mater: Bucknell University, B.A. 1979; Cornell University, J.D. 1982
- Spouse: Camille
- Religion: Episcopalian
- Committees: Armed Services , Education and the Workforce
- DC Office: 2265 Rayburn House Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, Phone: 202-225-6501
- District Offices: 515 Grove Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 3C, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035, Phone: 856-546-5100; 63 N. Broad St, Woodbury, NJ 08096, Phone: 856-848-3900
Path to Power
Andrews was born in Camden, N.J., on Aug. 4, 1957. The son and grandson of shipyard workers, he grew up in Bellmawer, N.J., and graduated from Triton High School. Andrews was the first in his family to attend college; he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Bucknell University in 1979 and a law degree from Cornell University in 1982.
From 1982 to 1985, Andrews worked as a private practice attorney in Camden County. He then taught law as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University College of Law from 1985 to 1986.
A political moderate who tends to lean conservative on foreign policy, Andrews is an extremely active legislator. He introduces on average more than 100 bills every two years. His main areas of interest have been education, health-care reform, the Iraq war and 1st district issues.
Though he voted along party lines 99 percent of the time in the 111th Congress, Andrews is known as an independent-minded legislator who sometimes bucks his Democratic Party and works with Republicans. He was one of the few Democrats to support the Iraq war and often met with President George W. Bush to discuss the conflict.
Andrews has a close working relationship with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). He supported her 2010 bid to retain leadership of House Democrats, and she appointed him in December 2010 to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
In the 112th Congress, Andrews co-chairs the Congressional Wounded to Work Caucus with Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (Guam). He sits on the Armed Services and Education and the Workforce Committees and is the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.