B.S. in Economics, Vanderbilt University; J.D., Law/Taxation, Vanderbilt University Law School
KEY HEALTH LINK
U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 2017-2019; Commissioner of Economic and Community Development of Tennessee, 2011-2014;
Fellow, White House Domestic Policy Council, 1991-1993
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Hagerty received Trump’s endorsement after his resignation as Ambassador to Japan. He additionally received support from prominent Republicans such as Nikki Haley, Donald Trump, Jr., and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Lamar Alexander (R) (retiring)
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
United States Ambassador to Japan
After beginning his career with Boston Consulting Group, including a three-year assignment in Tokyo, Hagerty served as an economic advisor and White House Fellow under President George H.W. Bush. He also served as a national finance chairman for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. From 2011 to 2014, Hagerty served in Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s administration as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Hagerty was initially nominated to serve as a delegate for Jeb Bush. Following the Tennessee primary, he served as Trump Victory Chair for Tennessee. He was selected in August 2016 as director of appointments for Trump’s presidential transition team. Hagerty served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2017 to 2019, before resigning to seek the Republican nomination for the Tennessee Senate seat being vacated by Lamar Alexander.
On The Issues
In April 2020, Hagerty was appointed by President Trump as a Thought Leader to the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups. These groups were created in response to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hagerty wants the ACA repealed and replaced.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
Hagerty believes "that all levels of government must work hand in hand to implement prevention, enforcement, treatment, and recovery programs."
Hagerty intends to work to reduce the costs of prescription drugs, especially for seniors.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Hagerty supports increasing the options Veterans have to seek regular health care outside of the VA system.
Hagerty considers himself pro-life. He opposes taxpayer funding to abortion providers and the funding of Planned Parenthood. He intends to work to improve foster care and adoption programs.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
DID YOU KNOW?
Hagerty is an Eagle Scout and was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 2017. In addition, he founded and led the Nashville MLS Steering Committee, which succeeded in bringing a Major League Soccer team to the city.