Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, a research and advocacy organization committed to making Florida the most economically vibrant state in America.
In 2008, Tarren was named chief executive officer of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free market think tank based in Portland, Maine. Under his leadership, the organization grew to become the largest state-based free market think tank on a per capita basis. In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation’s free market movement.
From 1996 through 2000, Tarren served in the Maine House of Representatives. Elected at the age of 21, Tarren remains the youngest person ever elected to the Maine House.
A nationally recognized expert on health reform issues with a specialty in Medicaid reform, Tarren has served as a health-policy analyst with the Manhattan Institute’s Empire Center for New Your State Policy. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; state legislative committees in NY, IL, CT & ME; numerous national conferences; and the American Swiss Foundation in Switzerland. His work has been featured on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show, National Public Television’s NOW, in a Wall Street Journal editorial and multiple Wall Street Journal op-eds, and in the New York Post, Boston Globe, New York Times and on National Public Radio.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maine and his Masters of Science of Business degree from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.
Tarren and his wife Anna have four children; Wyatt, Waverly and the twins, Jude and Asher.
The president is ready for another close up. Last week, not only did he offer his much-awaited health care proposal, but he was joined by Congressional leaders from both political parties for a televised summit on health care reform.
Tarren Bragdon: Reading the bill and knowing how much it costs are the first two items on Senator Olympia Snowe's health care reform agenda. The failure of Democrats on the Finance Committee to recognize that fact may very well signal the end of any hope for bipartisanship in health care reform.
I met with Senator Snowe personally during the August recess back here in Maine when she spoke with dozens of Maine folks in a series of health care talks throughout the state.
The Democrats are touting a "public option" health care plan as a solution to our health care woes. They are ignoring places that the public option has been tried and has failed.