Gilbert Baker

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Gilbert Baker
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Arkansas State Senate District 30
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLouisiana Tech University (1977)
Master'sUniversity of Arizona (1978)
Date of birthSeptember 5, 1956
Place of birthMonahas, Texas
Office website
Gilbert Baker (b. September 5, 1956) is a former Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 30 from 2001 to 2013.

Baker was the chair of a group that sponsored the Secret Ballot Amendment. This amendment wasproposed as an initiated constitutional amendment; it would require that ballots in union elections be private.[1]

Baker was ineligible to run for re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012 due to term limits.


Baker earned his B.F.A. from Louisiana Tech University in 1977 and his M.M. from the University of Arizona in 1978. His professional experience includes working as a Teacher, Academic Advisor and Administrator for the University of Central Arkansas for 22 years. He was Chair of the Faulkner County Republican Party from 1997 to 1999.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Baker served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Claims
  • Subcommittee on Peer Review
  • Subcommittee on Personnel
  • Subcommittee on Special Language


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Baker served on these committees:



On November 4, 2008, Baker won election to the 30th District Seat in the Arkansas State Senate, defeating opponent Joe White (D).[2]

Baker raised $466,049 for his campaign, while White raised $450,027.[3]

Arkansas State Senate, District 30 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gilbert Baker (R) 20,253
Joe White (D) 16,561

Campaign donors

2010 (Off-cycle)

Baker raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.


In 2008, Baker collected $466,049 in donations.[4]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Stephens Group $8,000
Arkansas Healthcare Association $7,138
Arkansas Conservative Legislative PAC $5,000
Arkansas Republican Party $5,000


Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard

The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012 and 2013. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100 percent) to the lowest (0 percent). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[5] Gilbert received a score of 90% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 1st out of 34 members of the Arkansas State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Baker and his wife, Susan, have eight children.

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Preceded by
Arkansas State Senate District 30
Succeeded by
Linda Pondexter Chesterfield (D)