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Catharine Baker

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Catharine Baker
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California State Assembly, District 16
In office
December 1, 2014 - Present
Term ends
December 4, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits12 years
Office website
Campaign website
Catharine Baker is a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 16. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Baker served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2015
Business, Professions and Consumer Protection
Higher Education, Vice chair
Privacy and Consumer Protection


Campaign themes


Baker's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Reform, modernize, and hold accountable our education system

  • Excerpt: "I believe classroom teachers should have every dollar they need to help each child meet his or her full education potential. As your Assemblywoman, I’ll fight to ensure school funding actually reaches the classroom rather than being diverted into the education bureaucracy."

Make California a pro-job, pro-employment state again

  • Excerpt: "I’ll work across party lines to modernize outdated regulations that suppress job creation, to make smarter infrastructure investments that support economic prosperity, and to promote job opportunities for working families."

Pay down the state debt and not leave our kids with the bill

  • Excerpt: "As your Assemblywoman, I will fight to stop the state from accumulating more debt, and fight to pay down the debt we have now so it is not a burden on us or our children."

Cut waste so we can afford great roads, schools, and public safety

  • Excerpt: "As a legislator, I will fight waste in the giant Sacramento bureaucracy and fight to allow our local governments and agencies to have the flexibility they deserve to provide local services at the lowest cost for California taxpayers. "

End the political corruption in the state Legislature

  • Excerpt: "As your Assemblywoman, I’ll fight to give real teeth to ethics rules and support expelling corrupt politicians from the Legislature and prohibiting them from remaining on the taxpayer payroll."



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Tim Sbranti (D) and Catharine Baker (R) defeated Newell Arnerich (D) and Steve Glazer (D) in the blanket primary. Baker defeated Sbranti in the general election.[2][3][4]

California State Assembly, District 16, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCatharine Baker 51.6% 71,452
     Democratic Tim Sbranti 48.4% 67,152
Total Votes 138,604
California State Assembly, District 16 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCatharine Baker 36.7% 31,632
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Sbranti 29.2% 25,217
     Democratic Steve Glazer 22.8% 19,636
     Democratic Newell Arnerich 11.4% 9,794
Total Votes 86,279



In 2014, Baker's endorsements included the following:[5]

  • Bob Huff, Senate Republican Leader
  • Connie Conway, Assembly Republican Leader
  • Mike Morrell, State Senator
  • Dick Rainey, Former State Senator & Contra Costa County Sheriff
  • Rocky Chavez, Assemblyman
  • Brian Jones, Assemblyman
  • Melissa Melendez, Assemblywoman
  • Brian Nestande, Assemblyman
  • Kristin Olsen, Assemblywoman
  • Don Wagner, Assemblyman
  • Scott Wilk, Assemblyman
  • Michelle Steel, State Board of Equalization
  • Mary Nejedly Piepho, Supervisor, Contra Costa County
  • Russell (Rusty) Watts, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Contra Costa County
  • Debora Allen, Contra Costa Employees’ Retirement Association
  • Stephan Mick, Member, Alamo Municipal Advisory Council
  • Kevin Hart, Councilmember, City of Dublin
  • Traci Reilly, Councilmember, City of Lafayette
  • Jerry Thorne, Mayor, City of Pleasanton
  • Karla Brown, Councilmember, City of Pleasanton


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Political offices
Preceded by
Joan Buchanan (D)
California State Assembly District 16
Succeeded by