Born and raised in Woburn, Rich and his partner Haley live together in their home on Leonard Street. He is the son of Dick and Elaine Haggerty, brother to Meghan Needham and Erin Haggerty, brother-in-law to Jesse Needham and proud uncle to Madelyn and Jameson Needham.
Rich also comes from a long line of public servants and community leaders. He is the great-grandson of J.D. Haggerty who founded the Woburn Daily Times in 1901 and the grandson of Edward Costello a career firefighter from Medford, MA. As the nephew of three public school teachers and a product of the public school system, Rich knows first-hand the importance of having a strong public education and the need to support our public school teachers. In his role as a business and community leader, Rich has effectively combined his real world experience and passion for civic engagement to deliver results for his constituents.
Currently, Rich serves as Woburn’s longest serving City Council President and has been five times elected Alderman at Large. During his tenure with the City Council, Rich has served as the Public Safety Committee Chairman, Accounts and Audits Committee Chairman and has been a member of the Finance Committee, Ordinance Committee, Special Permits Committee, Liaison to the Recreation Commission and Liaison to the Green Communities Initiatives, respectively.
Rich also serves on the Board of the Woburn Friends of VNA, is a Board member of the Middlesex County Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Partnership and is an active member of the Woburn Elks and the Woburn Historical Society.
Rich received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Hampshire in Political Science with a special concentration in Foreign Policy. He is also a proud graduate of Woburn High School.