After serving his home state of Massachusetts as Secretary of both Administration & Finance and Health & Human Services, this Republican politician launched 2010 and 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaigns.
After graduating from Harvard, he received his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.
In the late 1990s, he temporarily left politics to head the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates multi-specialty physicians' group; he subsequently became president of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
Born in Elmira, New York, and raised in Needham, Massachusetts, he grew up in a politically active family (his father worked under U.S. Presidents Nixon and Reagan). His marriage to Lauren Cardy Schadt resulted in three children.
He lost the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial race to incumbent and Democratic politician Deval Patrick.