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Charlie Baker was inaugurated on January 8, 2015, as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Governor Baker’s arrival in the Corner Office continues a long, successful career in both the private sector and public service where he has worked hard to put the people of Massachusetts first.
Governor Baker has pledged to work toward a growing economy with family-sustaining jobs, ensure that schools across the commonwealth provide opportunity for every child regardless of zip code, and make Beacon Hill a true partner with local governments to create safer and thriving communities across Massachusetts.
Addressing the opioid crisis, he has called on UMass Medical School to work in collaboration with the Health and Human Services Secretary, the Public Health Commissioner, and the other three Massachusetts medical schools in defining core competencies that will form a new standard for all graduating medical school students and help prepare them to be “sound prescribers” in the screening, prevention, and management of prescription drug misuse.
Over the course of his career, Governor Baker has been a highly successful leader of complex organizations in government and in business. As a member of the Weld and Cellucci administrations in the 1990s, Baker helped turn a billion-dollar deficit into a surplus, create a half million jobs, and enact an ambitious education reform agenda. Asked to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Baker led efforts to make the Massachusetts social services system more humane, cost-effective, and responsive to the needs of commonwealth residents. He was next appointed Secretary of Administration and Finance, overseeing a number of cost-saving reforms, modernizing state government, and making it more efficient. In 1998, the National Governors Association recognized his leadership and innovation by presenting him with their Distinguished Service Award.
As Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Baker led the company out of receivership to become the top healthcare plan in the country for member satisfaction and clinical effectiveness. During his tenure, Harvard Pilgrim was named one of Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places To Work” for seven consecutive years.
Raised in Needham, Baker attended Massachusetts public schools and is a graduate of Harvard College. He went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.