Richard H. Bagger

Adjunct Faculty, Eagleton Institute of Politics

Rutgers University

Richard Bagger is executive vice president of corporate affairs and market access for Celgene Corporation, a multinational biopharmaceutical company focusing on the discovery, development and commercialization of treatments for cancer and severe, immune-inflammatory conditions. While on a leave of absence from Celgene during 2016, Bagger served as Executive Director of the pre-election transition planning team for President Trump. Before joining Celgene, Bagger served for two years as chief of staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, responsible for managing implementation of the Governor’s policy agenda and priorities.

After leaving state government, Bagger was appointed by Governor Christie to be a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he serves as chairman of the Finance Committee. Previously, Bagger was employed by Pfizer Inc. for more than 16 years in a series of positions of increasing responsibility within the company’s U.S. Pharmaceuticals, Corporate Affairs and Worldwide Pharmaceuticals Divisions. From 2006 to 2009, he served on Pfizer’s senior most management team as senior vice president, worldwide public affairs and policy. Prior to joining Pfizer in 1993, Bagger was assistant general counsel of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey, and before that practiced law with McCarter & English.

Bagger’s public service includes ten years in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he was chairman of the Appropriations Committee and was elected by his colleagues as majority conference leader. In 2001, he was elected to the New Jersey Senate, where he served until 2003. Before his election to the Legislature, he was a councilman and mayor of Westfield, New Jersey.

Bagger serves as a board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as Board Chair of the National Pharmaceutical Council and as a member of the Commission on White House Fellowships. He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School.

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