United States Senator Bill Hagerty was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2020 and is currently serving his first term representing the state of Tennessee. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Bill served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, the world’s third largest economy and America’s closest ally in the region.
Bill is a life-long businessman. He started his business career with the Boston Consulting Group, where his work took him to five continents, including three years based in Tokyo, Japan. He later became a venture capital and private equity investor where he invested in and served as an executive and board member of a wide range of companies. He has served on NYSE, NASDAQ and private company boards. From 2011- 2014 Bill took leave from his business career to serve as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. During his tenure as commissioner, Bill reorganized the department, eliminating over 40% of the positions and saving millions of taxpayer dollars. At the same time, the new approach helped spur the strongest economic transformation seen — taking Tennessee from an unemployment rate higher than the national average when he arrived to become the number one state in the nation for jobs created through foreign investment and being named State of the Year for Economic Development an unprecedented two years in a row during his tenure.
Bill is originally from Sumner County, Tennessee. Today, he and his wife Chrissy live in Davidson County, Tennessee. They are the parents of four children.