Richard H. Bagger was nominated to the Board of Commissioners by Governor Chris Christie and joined the Board on July 9, 2012.
Mr. 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. Rich is responsible for advancing patient access to Celgene therapies and driving recognition of the value of Celgene innovation through government relations, communications, patient advocacy and market access activities around the world.
Mr. Bagger most recently 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.
Previously, Rich 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, Mr. Bagger was Assistant General Counsel of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey, and before that practiced law with McCarter & English.
Mr. Bagger's record of 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 to be Majority Conference Leader. In 2001, he was elected to the New Jersey Senate and serviced there until 2002. Before his election to the Legislature, he was a Councilman and Mayor of Westfield, New Jersey.
Richard Bagger has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the United States Chamber of Commerce, British American Business, the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Business Council of New York State, the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the United Hospital Fund of New York , the American Council of Young Political Leaders, the Citizens Budget Commission of New York, the Overlook Hospital Foundation and the New Jersey Historical Society.
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.
Committee Assignments: Finance (Chair), Audit.