An Alabama native, James M. Andrew has lived in Georgia for the nearly 40 years. He earned a degree in business administration from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) and served in the Alabama Army National Guard for eight years. Andrew worked in corporate America in sales and management for an electrical distribution equipment manufacturer, and as a financial consultant in for a major insurance company. In 1968 he began managing a family farm business, while simultaneously working for the Georgia EMC (the statewide trade association representing the 42 electric co-op utilities in Georgia), where he eventually held top posts and served on the board of directors as both vice president and board chairman. In 1978, he started a small agricultural irrigation business, of which he became sole owner in 1983 and sold in 1999. While running his business, Andrew served on the board of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (elected in 1976). He also served on the board of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC). Andrew was nominated by President Bush and approved by the Senate in 2005.