University of Michigan Regent

Andrea Fischer Newman

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Andrea Fischer Newman

Andrea "Andi" Fischer Newman is a current University of Michigan regent who is running for a fourth eight-year term. She is a retired senior vice president for government affairs at Delta Air Lines. Fischer Newman and Andrew Richner – both incumbents – are the two University of Michigan regent candidates nominated by the Michigan Republican Party at its August convention. They are among the eight candidates for two seats on the Board of Regents.

Fischer Newman was elected to her first eight-year term as UM regent in 1994. She was subsequently re-elected in 2002 and 2010. During her tenure she has served as chair and vice chair.

This year, Newman was the only regent to vote against raising tuition for UM students. In 2017, she and her husband, Frank Newman, donated $1 million to UM's Department of Theater and Drama.

In 2017 she was appointed by President Donald Trump to the Federal Service Impasses Panel, for a term expiring in January 2022. The group resolves labor disputes when bargaining stalls between a federal agency and a union representing federal workers after mediation.

Fischer Newman began working for Northwest Airlines – later acquired by Delta – in 1995. Before that she was a senior partner at the Detroit law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone.

Fischer Newman was finance director for John Engler’s successful run for governor in 1990 and co-chaired his finance committees in 1994 and 1998. She was co-chair of the Michigan GOP from 1992-1994 and was a Michigan co-chair for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000 and 2004. She had previously served as deputy assistant to then-Vice President George H. W. Bush during President Ronald Reagan's administration. 

Fischer Newman has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center.

Fischer Newman is married to Frank Newman, retired CEO of The Stow Company. They own a condo at 101 North Main in downtown Ann Arbor.

Mary Lukens of Ann Arbor is serving as Fischer Newman's campaign treasurer.

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Andrea Fischer Newman:  In The News

Candidate Info: Andrea Fischer NewmanWEMU, Oct. 29, 2018

University of Michigan regents candidates propose ethics and transparency changesMichigan Radio, Oct. 16, 2018

U-M board candidates pledge ethics reforms, more open university oversightDetroit Free Press, Oct. 16, 2018

Regent candidates discuss academic freedom, tuition costs, Israel letter controversy at forumMichigan Daily, Oct. 16, 2018

Candidates for UM Board of Regents talk tuition, academic freedomMLive, Oct. 16, 2018

Experts, Regents weigh in on Regent election processMichigan Daily, Oct. 11, 2018

UM professor in Israel flap seeks 'respect' as furor growsDetroit News, Sept. 20, 2018

Op-Ed by Andrea Fischer Newman: Gotcha journalism mars public serviceMichigan Daily, Sept. 18, 2018

Why this U-M regent just returned thousands in campaign donationsDetroit Free Press, Sept. 13, 2018

Clement criticized for redistricting decision, still earns Supreme Court nominationMLive, Aug. 25, 2018

University of Michigan hikes tuition 2.9 percent for in-state studentsMLive, June 21, 2018

University of Michigan lecturers hold off on strike for nowDetroit Free Press, April 8, 2018

University Regents discuss CC Little and Winchell House renaming, LEO negotiations and building projectsMichigan Daily, March 29, 2018

College Republicans host “Women in Politics” panel Michigan Daily, March 14, 2018

6 University of Michigan regents 'united against hate' over Richard SpencerMLive, Dec. 13, 2017

BDS Resolution Passes at U-MJewish News, Nov. 15, 2017

University of Michigan's need to grow political diversity faces challenges Detroit Free Press, Oct. 11, 2017

Trump names two Michiganians to labor panelDetroit News, July 21, 2017

Regents increase tuition and unveil program for free in-state tuition in approved budgetMichigan Daily, June 15, 2017

How This Retiring Delta Lobbyist Helped Fight for the Airline Industry's SurvivalThe Street, Feb. 14, 2017

Andrea Fischer Newman, Delta's top lobbyist, to retire this summerCrain’s Detroit Business, Jan. 18, 2017

U-M's music, theatre and dance school gets $1 million from U-M regentMLive, Jan. 13, 2017

UM prof’s ‘I hate Republicans’ column sparks backlash Detroit News, Dec. 17, 2014

Republican incumbent regents Newman and Richner win re-electionMichigan Daily, Nov. 2, 2010