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Michael J. Astrue

Michael J. AstrueAKA Michael James Astrue

Born: c. 1956
Birthplace: Fort Dix, NJ

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government, Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Social Security Commissioner

Astrue claims as his professional mentors C. Boyden Gray and Kenneth J. Novack. Covertly, Astrue writes formalist poetry, publishing under the pseudonym A. M. Juster.

Wife: Laura Mali-Astrue (one son, one daughter)
Son: James
Daughter: Caitlin

    High School: Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury, MA
    University: BA, Yale University
    Law School: JD, Harvard Law School

    Social Security Administration Commissioner (12-Feb-2007 to 19-Jan-2013)
    Biogen General Counsel
    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo
    US Health & Human Services Department General Counsel (three years)
    White House Staff Associate Counsel (late 1980s)
    Social Security Administration Counselor to the Commissioner
    US Health & Human Services Department Acting Depy. Asst. Secy. for Human Services Legislation
    Ropes & Gray
    Law Clerk to Judge Walter J. Skinner
    Congressional Staff to Sen. Richard S. Schweiker
    American Bar Association
    Federalist Society Section of Administrative Law
    Massachusetts Biotechnology Council Chairman

Official Website:

Author of books:
Longing for Laura (2001, poetry, as A. M. Juster)
The Secret Language of Women (2003, poetry, as A. M. Juster)
The Satires of Horace (2008, translation of Petrarch, as A. M. Juster)

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