bakerMember of the following committees:

CPN - Commerce and Consumer Protection (Chair)
EDT - Economic Development and Technology (Vice-Chair)
HTH - Health
HRE - Higher Education

Senator Baker's website


  • El Campo High School (Texas), 1964
  • Southwest Texas State University, B.A. in Political Science & Speech, Secondary teaching certificate, 1968 (now known as Texas State University at San Marcos)
  • University of Southwestern Louisiana, graduate studies in Political Science, 1969 (nka University of Louisiana, Lafayette)

Professional/Work Experience

  • Graduate instructor, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1968-69
  • Lobbyist and Assistant Director of Government Relations, National Education Association, Washington, D.C., 1969-80
  • Owner, retail sporting goods/swimwear store on Maui, 1980-87
  • Business Consultant, 1987-88
  • Legislative aide to Representative Karen Horita, 1987
  • Legislator, 1988 - 1998, 2002 - present
  • Economic Development Coordinator, County of Maui, 1999 - 2002

Political Experience

  • Chair, National Youth Franchise Coalition, which led effort to secure 26th Amendment of US Constitution lowering the voting age to 18, 1970; Coordinated lobbying effort to enact legislation creating US Dept. of Education, 1979
  • Elected to the State House of Representatives, 1988; House Majority Leader, 1993; Appointed to the Senate, 1993; Senate Housing Committee Chair, 1994; Elected to the Senate, 1994; Senate Majority Leader, 1995-96; Co-chair, Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection & Information Technology, 1997; Member, Joint Legislative Committee on Long Term Care Financing, 1997-98; Co-chair, Senate Committee on Ways & Means, 1998; Joint Legislative Committee on Family Caregiving, 2006 --, Joint Legislative Task Force to Conduct a Review of the State Highway Fund, 2007; Chair, Senate Committee on Health, 2002-2006, Chair, Senate Ways and Means 2006 to present.
  • Democratic National Convention delegate 1984, 1992; alternate 1996; Executive Committee, Maui County Democratic Party, 1986-88; State Democratic Convention: Co-Chair Rules Committee, 1990; Co-chair Resolutions Committee, 1992; State Democratic Convention co-chair, 2006, 2008
  • National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL) Co-Chair, 1997 National Conference; Legislator chair, Committee on Legislative Effectiveness, ASI, National Conference of State Legislators 1996-97; Vice Chair, Assembly on State Issues, NCSL, 1997-1998.

Community Honors and Activities

  • 2007 National Award from C-Change, a national collaboration to conquer cancer, for "Exemplary Leadership by an Elected Official in comprehensive Cancer Control"
  • Hawaii Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition; Vice-Chair, 2005-2007; Chair, 2007 -
  • 2004 Healthcare Association of Hawaii Legislator of the Year Award for demonstrating exceptional leadership in advancing access to affordable, quality healthcare for all of Hawaii's people.
  • 2003 Hawaii Psychological Association Legislator of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to psychology and mental health in the State of Hawaii
  • 1998 Legislator of the Year Healthcare Association of Hawaii and Hawaii Long Term Care Association
  • 1995 Distinguished Alumna, Southwest Texas State University
  • 1994 Soroptimist International of West Maui Woman of Distinction
  • Director, Hawaii Pacific, Inc., American Cancer Society
  • Director, Maui Economic Development Board
  • Director, Maui Visitors Bureau
  • Member, Rotary Club, Lahaina Sunrise, 2007-2008
  • Member, Soroptimist International of West Maui
  • Member, LahainaTown Action Committee
  • Member, West Maui Taxpayers Assn.
  • Member, Kihei Community Assn.
  • Board member, AKAKU Community Television, 1999-2002
  • President, American Cancer Society, Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i Unit, 1997-01
  • Pacific Century Scholars mentor 1998-99
  • Mayor's Advisory Committee on a 4 Year University
  • Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Old Lahaina Courthouse
  • Community Work Day volunteer
  • Former Vice Chair, Maui Service Area Board on Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Family Community Leadership Advisory Committee
  • Maui Youth & Family Services Board, past board member

Member of the Democratic party.