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Andrew J. Buczek Government Policy Advisor

Andrew Buczek is a government policy advisor in Dykema's Government Policy Practice Group. He has over 10 years of federal public policy and political experience assisting clients in developing effective legislative, regulatory and political strategies. His practice focuses on building successful partnerships between the federal government and nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, local governments and private industry, with an emphasis in the areas of housing, manufacturing, transportation, science and technology, as well as a wide array of local government and economic development projects. 

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Buczek developed a strong understanding of the workings of Congress as a senior legislative assistant for Congressman Jim Barcia, who represented the 5th District of Michigan. In that role, he advanced the Congressman's agenda in the areas of education, energy, financial services, health care and manufacturing. Additionally, he was Congressman Barcia's designee to the House Science Committee, where he served as the Congressman's principal advisor on science and technology policy. 

In addition to his policy work, Mr. Buczek has extensive experience in the political arena, working on behalf of numerous campaigns and national conventions. This includes work at national party conventions dating back to 1996, with responsibilities ranging from organizing and scheduling over 1,000 volunteers in the transportation division to assisting dignitaries attending the convention. He also serves as a member of Dykema's Political Action Committee Board.

Experience

  • Successfully advocated for legislative language that required a third party evaluation of a client’s state-of-the-art safety technology. Based on this study and additional government analysis, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is scheduled to begin the rulemaking process to mandate use of client’s technology.
  • Successfully advocated for the creation of a federal grant program that, since 2008, has awarded nearly $44 million in competitive grants to a national nonprofit client.
  • Advise coalition of housing counseling intermediaries on legislative strategy, including efforts that led to the restoration of funding for a grant program in Fiscal Year 2012 that had been eliminated in the previous fiscal year. 
  • Advise global manufacturer of components for heavy duty trucks on a wide range of public policy issues including fuel economy, healthcare, taxes and federal research funding.
  • Organize Capitol Hill lobbying days for a variety of clients, including high level meetings with key elected officials for the client’s CEO and a “fly-in” for local elected officials to meet with federal officials to discuss policy issues important to their local communities.
  • Arranged for a cabinet official to visit a client’s corporate headquarters. The high-profile visit included a roundtable discussion with company officers, participation by the Secretary in a technology demonstration and a town hall meeting with employees.