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AIT Announces Delegation Representing the American People to Inauguration of Taiwan President-Elect Ma Ying-Jeou

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is pleased to announce that it has organized a delegation representing the American people to attend the May 20 inauguration of Taiwan President-elect Ma Ying-jeou.

Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. will lead the delegation. Mr. Card served as White House Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush until April 2006, making him the second-longest serving White House Chief of Staff. Under former President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Card served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff and as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Mr. Card also served as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs in the administration of President Ronald Reagan.

Mr. Card will be joined on the delegation by Mr. Frank Fahrenkopf, former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, and Ambassador Raymond Burghardt.

Frank Fahrenkopf is on the board of the International Republican Institute and CEO of the American Gaming Association. A founder of the National Endowment for Democracy, Mr. Fahrenkopf has long been committed to development of democratic institutions in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Kerry Healey served as Lieutenant Governor of the State of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Prior to that, she served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party. Dr. Healey is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership.

Ambassador Raymond Burghardt is the Chairman of the Board of the American Institute in Taiwan and Director of East-West Seminars at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Mr. Burghardt previously served as Ambassador in Vietnam and as the Director of AIT-Taipei.

Mr. Stephen Young, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei, will also be a member of the delegation.