Andrew L. Traver of Illinois works as the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Early Life & Family
Traver holds a B.A. degree from Northern Illinois University, where he graduated summa cum laude. After college, he was commissioned as a Naval officer through Officer Candidate School and served as a gunnery officer on USS Benjamin Stoddard, DDG-22. Upon leaving the Navy in 1987, he joined ATF as a Special Agent. Traver is married and has three sons in their early to mid teens. He and his family currently live in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.
International Association for Chiefs of Police
As at Nov. 29, 2010, Traver served as an advisor to the International Association for Chiefs of Police's Gun Violence Reduction Project. The project is a partnership with the Joyce Foundation, "a Chicago-based organization that promotes programs and strategies that will aid in reducing gun violence in the Great Lakes States".
The IACP report, generated with Traver's help, called on Congress to ban thousands of commonly owned firearms by stating that they were “assault weapons,” as well as calling for bans on .50 caliber rifles and widely used types of ammunition. The report also suggested that Congress should regulate gun shows out of existence and should repeal the privacy protections of the Tiahrt Amendment.
On Nov. 17, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Andrew Traver to the newly created position of Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. made a statement congratulating Traver on his nomination, stating,
- "I'm very pleased that Mr. Andrew Traver has been nominated to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at the Department of Justice. I have worked with Mr. Traver over the years and he has served the Chicago Field Division of the ATFE with great distinction."
In 1987, Traver joined ATF and began his career as a special agent in the Chicago Field Division. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Traver served as a Group Supervisor in the Philadelphia Field Division of ATF. From 1998 to 2000, he was a criminal investigator in the Office of Inspection in ATF Headquarters in Washington, D.C. From 2000 to 2001, he served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the New Orleans Field Division of ATFE. From 2001 to 2004, he served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the San Francisco Field Division of ATFE.
Traver currently works as the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the U.S. Department of Justice. Also working in the division team are Dana K. Nichols, Don Soranno, Michael Fitzgerald and Todd Reichert.
Traver has worked for the organization for twenty-three years.
Traver is a prostate cancer survivor, becoming active in ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer. His personal and professional relationships with Congressmen Mark Kirk and Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Ken Bennett, state director to then-Senator Barack Obama, figured heavily into his recovery.
- IACP website: Gun Violence Reduction Project Advisors (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)
- IACP website: Gun Violence Reduction (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)
- NRA: The National Rifle Association Strongly Opposes the Nomination of Andrew Traver to Head BATFE, Calls on President Obama to withdraw the nomination , Nov. 17, 2010 (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)
- Whitehouse website: Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate, 11/17/10 (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)
- Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s website: Rep. Jackson Congratulates Chicago's Andrew Traver on Nomination to Head Federal Agency, Nov. 16, 2010 (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)
- Whitehouse website: President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, Nov. 15, 2010 (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)
- ATF website: Chicago Field Division (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)
- ZERO: Advocate Spotlight: Andrew Traver, Jan. 1, 2009 (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)