Michael J. Astrue

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Michael Astrue
Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
In office
February 12, 2007 – January 19, 2013
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Linda S. McMahon (Acting)
Succeeded by Carolyn Colvin (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1956-10-01) October 1, 1956 (age 61)
Fort Dix, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Roxbury Latin School
Alma mater Yale University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Michael James Astrue (born 1956) is an American lawyer and, under the pen name A. M. Juster, a poet and critic. He served as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration from 2007 to 2013.


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.[1]

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 Legislation. 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.[2]

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 that expired on January 19, 2013.[2]


In the June/July 2010 issue[3] 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 2002).[4] Juster was also the first moderator for Eratosphere, the largest on-line site for formal poetry.



  • Saint Aldhelm's Riddles (2015), translated and edited by A. M. Juster. University of Toronto Press.
  • Horace (2008). The Satires of Horace. Translator A. M. Juster. University of Pennsylvania Press. 
  • The Secret Language of Women (2002)
  • Longing for Laura, Petrarch (2001)


  1. ^ News Release, Feb. 12, 2007, U.S. Social Security Administration, at [1].
  2. ^ a b "Michael J. Astrue Fact Sheet". Social Security Administration Press Office. 2013-01-19. Archived from the original on 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  3. ^ 'Regard The Scuttlebutt as True,' First Things, June/July 2010, at Archived 2010-05-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ University of Evansville : Title Archived 2009-08-13 at the Wayback Machine.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda S. McMahon
Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
Succeeded by
Carolyn Colvin