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Charlie BakerREPRepublican Governor
65
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8
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MAResidence (state)

Charles Duane Baker Jr. (born November 13, 1956) is an American politician and businessman serving as the 72nd governor of Massachusetts since January 8, 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Baker was a cabinet official under two governors of Massachusetts and served ten years as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Baker grew up in Needham, Massachusetts, earned an AB from Harvard University in 1979, and later obtained an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. In 1991, he became Massachusetts Undersecretary of Health and Human Services under Governor Bill Weld. In 1992, he was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services of Massachusetts. He later served as Secretary of Administration and Finance under Weld and his successor, Paul Cellucci. After working in government for eight years, Baker left to become CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and later Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a nonprofit health benefits company. During this time he served three years as a selectman of Swampscott and considered a run for Massachusetts governor in 2006. He stepped down in July 2009 to run for governor on a platform of fiscal conservatism and cultural liberalism.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
Kellogg School of Management
Needham High School
Harvard College
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
2014 - Current
Chief Executive Officer
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA)
1998 - 1999
Secretary of Administration and Finance
Weld/Cellucci Administration, State of Massachusetts
1994 - 1998
Undersecretary for Health
Weld/Cellucci Administration, State of Massachusetts
1991 - 1994
Founder
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
1988 - 1991
Corporate Communications Director
Massachusetts High Technology Council
Former Chief Executive Officer
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Media Relations Director
New England Council
Other Experience1 - 1 of 1
Member
Swampscott School Building Committee