You know that Little Rock energy company that’s considering Jefferson County as a site for a $3 billion natural gas-to-liquid plant?
Well, not only is it led by a couple of high-profile Arkansans with strong Democratic Party credentials, but a former chief of staff to Republican President George W. Bush will be sitting on its board.
Andrew Card will join the board of Energy Security Partners LLC, the company headed by retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Andy to our Board. Andy brings such a diverse amount of knowledge and experience to ESP. In addition to his vast transportation sector expertise, Andy has an outstanding track record of achieving results across corporate, academic and government sectors,” Slater said.
Card is the president of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. He previously was acting dean of the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University.
Card was deputy assistant to President Ronald Reagan and director of intergovernmental affairs. And he later worked in President George H.W. Bush’s administration as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, managing the daily operations of the White House. He became the 11th U.S. secretary of transportation before being chosen by then-President-elect George W. Bush as White House chief of staff, a position he held for nearly six years.
Card’s private-sector experience includes serving as General Motors’ VP of government relations.
Energy Security Partners is considering Jefferson County as a potential location for its plant that will convert natural gas into diesel fuel. (See Firm Led by Clark, Slater Eye Jefferson County for $3B Energy Plant.)