- Michael J. Astrue
Michael Astrue Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Incumbent Assumed office
February 12, 2007
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Jo Anne Barnhart Personal details Born 1956 (age 54–55) Political party Republican Alma mater Yale University
Michael James Astrue (born 1956) is an American lawyer and, under the pen name A. M. Juster, a poet and critic. He has served as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration since 2007.
After his secondary education at The Roxbury Latin School, Astrue earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University, where he served as President of the Yale Political Union, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
Astrue, who previously served in the Social Security Administration as Counselor to the Commissioner, served in the US Department of Health and Human Services as General Counsel and as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Leigislation. He also served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States at the White House in the Reagan and George Bush Sr administrations. In the private sector, he practiced law and was as a senior executive at several biotechnology companies.
Astrue was nominated as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration by President George W. Bush on September 14, 2006 and confirmed by the US Senate on February 2, 2007. He was sworn in on February 12, 2007 to serve a six-year term.
In the June/July 2010 issue of First Things magazine, Astrue was profiled by poet Paul Mariani, who revealed him as the personage behind the pseudonym and anagram A. M. Juster, the poet and translator associated with New Formalism.
As Juster, Astrue has published a book of Petrarch translations, a translation of The Satires of Horace (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) , Longing for Laura (Birch Brook Press, 2001), and a book of original poetry, The Secret Language of Women (University of Evansville 2003). Juster was also the first moderator for Eratosphere, the largest on-line site for formal poetry.
- Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award three times, most recently in 2008.
- 2002 Richard Wilbur Award, for The Secret Language of Women selected by Rachel Hadas
- Horace (2008). The Satires of Horace. Translator A. M. Juster. University of Pennsylvania Press. http://books.google.com/books?id=dBQgR_pTSjAC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_navlinks_s#v=onepage&q=&f=false.
- The Secret Language of Women (2002)
- Longing for Laura, Petrarch (2002)
- ^ News Release, Feb. 12, 2007, U.S. Social Security Administration, at .
- ^ a b http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/factsheets/astrue.htm
- ^ 'Regard The Scuttlebutt as True,' First Things, June/July 2010, at
- ^ University of Evansville : Title
- SSA biography
- A.M. Juster's Homepage
- Rhina Espaillat, "Introducing Mike Juster."
- Poems in The HyperTexts.
Political offices Preceded by
Jo Anne Barnhart
Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
Incumbent Commissioner of the Social Security AdministrationCategories:
- 1956 births
- American poets
- Formalist poets
- Harvard Law School alumni
- Living people
- Social Security (United States)
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