Andrei Cherny is running for Congress to put our government back on the side of Arizona’s families. In Congress, he’ll stand up for the trampled middle class. He’ll hold Wall Street accountable. He’ll fight to improve our local public schools. And he'll invest in innovation and clean energy so we can great good jobs and make Arizona “the Solar State.”
We know Andrei can do it because he's been winning real results for middle class families all his life.
That's why Andrei has earned the support of President Bill Clinton, former Attorney General Terry Goddard, former Ahwatukee State Rep. Rae Waters, Mesa City Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh, former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and many other strong Arizona leaders.
Andrei knows first-hand about the challenges facing today's families. Growing up in a small upstairs apartment, he watched his immigrant parents struggle every day to make it into the middle class. “But unlike many families today, we weren’t alone,” says Andrei. “Unemployment benefits let us pay the rent and put food on the table when there was no work to be found. And because the people who came before me created public schools and public libraries and Pell Grants, I could go from being a kid whose parents didn’t speak much English to working in the White House for the president of the United States.”
A Fighter for the Middle Class
Andrei has dedicated his life to fighting for the values and interests of other middle class families. When home mortgage fraud artists schemed against Arizona families, Andrei took them on. As an Assistant Attorney General under Terry Goddard, he put corporate crooks, human traffickers and corrupt public officials where they belong – behind bars.
In 2007 – before the financial crisis took our economy into a tailspin – Andrei saw the need for reform on Wall Street. He joined forces with Elizabeth Warren to launch the push for a consumer watchdog agency to stop mortgage brokers and credit card companies from preying on working families. The forces of reform faced off against the largest army of Wall Street lobbyists ever assembled – and won. President Barack Obama signed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into law on July 21, 2010.
A Progressive Reformer for the New Economy
Working in the White House with Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Andrei was part of a team that passed the first balanced budget in 30 years, helped create millions of new jobs, created the children's health insurance program, and made federal student aid more available for working families.
Since leaving the White House, Andrei has been a leader in the national debate over America’s economic future – putting forward new ideas to turn our economy around and make America more competitive. He’s served as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and at the Center for American Progress. In 1999, he wrote The Next Deal to offer a forward-thinking vision for our economy. And together with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and others, he founded Democracy, a think tank and journal dedicated to new ideas for making the 21st century economy work for all Americans.
Andrei’s cutting edge ideas have earned high praise. He has been called a “superstar” by CNN, a “progressive reformer” by Washington Monthly, and one of America’s “top young thinkers” by the New York Times.
A Strong Leader for Arizona Democrats
Andrei has dedicated himself to building a Democratic Party ready to meet the challenges of the future. As the Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, Andrei stood up to the Russell Pearce Republicans – and led the successful fights to stop Pearce’s attempt to rewrite birthright citizenship, Tom Horne’s conflicted investigation of the Fiesta Bowl scandal, and Gov. Jan Brewer’s push to impeach the chair of the Independent Redistricting Commission. Under his watch, Arizona Democrats saw their grassroots strength grow and helped elect Democratic mayors in both Phoenix and Tucson for the first time in two decades.
Andrei was the chief negotiator of the 2000 Democratic Party platform on behalf of Al Gore and served as a policy advisor to Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, where he co-authored the Obama campaign policy book, Change We Can Believe In.
In 2008, he was the author of the bestselling history book, The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour, which was described as like “Stephen Ambrose at his best” by historian Douglas Brinkley.
Following 9/11, Andrei enlisted and served for eight years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Working his way through college with three jobs – and with the help of federal student aid – Andrei graduated with honors from Harvard College and went to earn his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has served on the City of Phoenix’s Industrial Development Authority and Commission on Housing and Neighborhoods as well as the board of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters. Andrei and his wife, Stephanie, live with their two children in Phoenix.