Born in Gallatin, Bill learned the value of hard work from an early age. His parents raised him with strong conservative Tennessee values. Bill’s mother was a career school teacher, and his father, a veteran, worked road construction. As a boy, he raised pigs and cattle, baled hay, and later worked road construction like his father, mostly shoveling asphalt.
Though Bill’s father did not graduate college, he worked hard so that Bill could do so. Bill worked summers and part-time during the school year to earn his degree. With a strong academic foundation, Bill started a successful business career. But nothing was more important to Bill than to build his own family.
God smiled on Bill as He brought Chrissy into his life. Bill and Chrissy married, and eventually, they lived in the home his grandfather built in Sumner County until their second child was born. At that point, they moved into Davidson County, and today are the proud parents of four children.
Raising his family, Bill knew that he wanted to give back to his community and the state that he loves so dearly. From 2011 to 2014, Bill took leave from the private sector and served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Tennessee’s unemployment rate went from being above the national average when he assumed his duties in 2011 to one of the best-performing state economies in the nation. During that time, Tennessee brought in more companies and jobs than ever before, transforming the state into a national economic leader.
However, Bill wanted to do more for our rural communities, and much-needed change had to come from the federal level. That’s why Bill strongly supported Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election cycle. During the presidential campaign, Bill volunteered full-time as Donald Trump’s Tennessee Victory Chair, where Donald Trump won 92 Tennessee counties. After Donald Trump resoundingly won the presidency, Bill served as a senior leader of the Trump transition team. Bill quickly earned the President’s seal of approval and was tapped to serve as the United States Ambassador to Japan, the third-largest economy in the world and one of America’s strongest allies.
In his role as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Bill worked tirelessly to protect American lives from aggressive Communist regimes in China, North Korea, and Russia. In the Trump Administration, Japan became America’s most strategic partner in the Indo-Pacific region. The United States has more military stationed in Japan than any other nation outside America. As the President’s representative and the Senior American in that Nation, Bill worked extensively to strengthen our military and strategic posture in this critical region. As U.S. Ambassador, Bill worked steadfastly to help President Trump secure the recent U.S.-Japan trade deal. With this deal now in effect, Japan will lower and remove tariffs on American agricultural exports, which will give a significant boost to Tennessee farmers and ranchers selling into this major market. Bill also worked tirelessly to encourage Japanese companies to invest in America. During his tenure, Japan has committed more capital and created more new jobs in the United States than any other nation in the world.
While Bill Hagerty was successfully implementing President Trump’s America First agenda, he remained watchful of socialist Democrats in Washington, D.C., who were working non-stop to impeach the President and undermine our strong economy. When confronted with the challenges posed by the Democrats to the state of our nation, Bill felt called to serve his fellow Tennesseans, to stop the Democrats from implementing their extreme socialist agenda.
Bill has had the support of President Trump since before day one.
As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to impact our economy, Bill served as a member of the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups under President Trump’s Administration. As a member of the task force, Bill worked with President Trump to strengthen the economy and is working to bring our critical supply chains back to America from China. We cannot rely on China’s state-owned companies to make so many of the products we need – including medical supplies and pharmaceutical drugs.
Bill continues meeting and speaking with Tennesseans and sharing his experiences implementing President Trump’s policies and fighting for conservative Tennessee values. As your Senator, Bill is working to strengthen our economy, bring more jobs to our communities, hold China accountable, stop illegal immigration, defend our Second Amendment rights, defend our First Amendment rights from big tech companies, protect the unborn, help build the wall and stand for our law enforcement officers, our military, and our veterans.
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