Elizabeth Frawley Bagley

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Elizabeth Frawley Bagley
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United States Ambassador to Portugal
In office
September 21, 1994 – October 3, 1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Sharon P. Wilkinson
Succeeded by Gerald S. McGowan
Personal details
Born (1952-07-13) July 13, 1952 (age 62)
Elmira, New York
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Smith Bagley
Profession Lawyer

Elizabeth Frawley Bagley (born July 13, 1952) is an American attorney specializing in trade and international law, a diplomat, and a major Democratic party donor and fundraiser.


Bagley was born the second child of eight children to Judge John D. Frawley and Rosemary Frawley.

She is a 1974 graduate of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in French and Spanish. She is a 1987 graduate of the Georgetown University Law School, where she obtained a J.D. Degree in International law. She also attended university and law school in France, Spain, and Austria, where she studied international trade law and public international law.

She was sworn in as Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the Office of the Secretary of State on June 18, 2009. She served as Senior Advisor under a former Secretary of State from 1997–2001 where she established and headed the Office of Media Programming Acquisition for the newly independent Balkan states. Ambassador Bagley also served as a Senate liaison for NATO Enlargement. From 1994 to 1997, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal. Upon her departure from Portugal, she received meritorious awards from the Portuguese Navy and Air Force, as well as the “Grand Cross of Prince Henry the Navigator,” the President of Portugal’s highest civilian commendation.

She has also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Regis College in 2003 and the “Global Democracy Award” from the International Women’s Democracy Center in March, 2005, and she was also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May, 2005.

As an attorney specializing in trade and international law, she was Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University in Washington until January 1993. She has held several other positions in the U.S. Department of State: Congressional Liaison Officer for the Panama Canal Treaties during the Carter Administration (1977–1979); Special Assistant to Ambassador Sol Linowitz for the Camp David Accords, (1979–1980); and Congressional Liaison to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (1980–1981).

Bagley is a major political donor and fundraiser who "over the years [has] raised millions of dollars for Democratic candidates."[1] Her late husband, Smith W. Bagley (1935–2010), was an heir to the R.J. Reynolds tobacco fortune and a vice chairman of finance for the Democratic National Committee,[2] and the Bagleys were regarded as "two of the heaviest financial hitters in the [Democratic] party."[3] Closely associated with the Clintons since Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign,[4] Ambassador Bagley was a "bundler" during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign[5] who became a "HillRaiser" by raising more than $100,000,[6] and the Bagleys contributed over $1,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation.[7] Ambassador Bagley was also "part of the national finance team for the Obama campaign, having personally raised about $350,000" as of August 2008.[1] Together the Bagleys "raised the maximum $600,000 for President Obama's inauguration events" in 2009.[8]

Bagley is a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar and District of Columbia Bar. She was The American Ireland Fund's Nantucket Celebration 2009 honoree for her political activism for more than 30 years. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Democratic Institute. [9]


Elizabeth Frawley Bagley with the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

Bagley is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a global nonprofit organization that combats child sexual exploitation, child pornography, and child abduction.[10][11]


On December 17, 1983, she married Smith Bagley: social activist, Democratic fundraiser and business executive. Together, they had two children: Vaughan Elizabeth Bagley and Conor Reynolds Bagley.


  1. ^ a b Balling, Joshua (August 21, 2008). "Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley a tireless fundraiser for the Democratic party". Inquirer and Mirror (Nantucket, MA). Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  2. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (January 5, 2010). "Smith Bagley, Executive and Democratic Fund-Raiser, Dies at 74". New York Times (New York, NY). Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  3. ^ Cillizza, Chris; Dan Balz (February 20, 2006). "Special Care for Big Clinton Donors". Washington Post (Washington, DC). 
  4. ^ Balling, Joshua (August 4, 2005). "Bill & Hillary plan island visit Aug. 11". Inquirer and Mirror (Nantucket, MA). Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  5. ^ Todd, Chuck (December 22, 2007). "Foreign policy adviser battle". First Read from NBC News. NBC News. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  6. ^ "NY titans among Clinton's 'HillRaisers'". Crain's New York Business.com. Crain Communications Inc. April 27, 2007. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  7. ^ "Clinton Foundation Donor List". FOXNews.com. Fox News Network, LLC. December 18, 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, Patricia (January 4, 2010). "Smith Bagley dies at 74; Democratic fundraiser, socialite". Washington Post (Washington, DC). Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  9. ^ "https://www.ndi.org/board-of-directors". ndi.org. Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  10. ^ "ICMEC Board Members". icmec.org. 
  11. ^ "International Children's Organization Expands Global Reach With Four New Board Members". icmec.org. 

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