Lisa Baker (Pennsylvania)

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Lisa Baker
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Pennsylvania State Senate District 20
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2014
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sShippensburg University, 1983
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Lisa Baker is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 20. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Baker earned her bachelor's degree in Government Administration from Shippensburg University in 1983. Her professional experience includes serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff to former Republican Governors Mark Schweiker and Tom Ridge, as Chief of Staff to State Senator Charles Lemmond and as a Research Analyst to State Senator Robert C. Jubelirer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Baker served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness, Chair
Aging & Youth
Appropriations
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure
Game & Fisheries
Public Health & Welfare

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

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

  • Excerpt: "I support an amendment to the state Constitution reducing the number of Senators and Representatives. That will save money and potentially increase efficiency."
  • Excerpt: "We can realize substantial economic and environmental improvements by replenishing funding for the H2O program, which provided grants to help with critically-needed water, sewer, and stormwater projects."
  • Excerpt: "I believe the state Senate should have an up-or-down vote on a property tax elimination plan."
  • Excerpt: "The open records reform I supported several years ago was the best reform approved in a generation. There have since been administrative rulings, court decisions, and situations such as the Sandusky scandal that warrant changes to ensure we continue to have a strong public interest law."
  • Excerpt: "The charter school law must be rewritten to put stronger ethical and accountability standards in place and to prevent local school districts from being saddled with excessive costs."

Cash gift ban

In April 2014, Baker and State Sen. Lloyd Smucker supported legislation to ban cash gifts for public officials and employees. The bill would prohibit public officials and employees from accepting United States or foreign currencies, money orders, checks, prepaid debit or credit cards and gift cards or certificates from lobbyists or people looking to influence public policy. “This is a very important first step and a fundamental principle that I think should be in law,” said Baker in an interview.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in that election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Lisa Baker was unopposed in the Republican primary. Green Party candidate John J. Sweeney withdrew from the race before the general election. Baker was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

2010

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Baker won re-election to District 20. She was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 20
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lisa Baker (R) 63,010

2006

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Baker was elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 20. She defeated Robert McNamara (D) in the general election.[7]

Baker raised $664,061 for this campaign.[8]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 20
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png BAKER, LISA (R) 46,943
MCNAMARA, ROBERT G. (D) 32,148

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lisa Baker is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Lisa Baker raised a total of $1,053,211 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[9]

Lisa Baker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $159,153
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 20 Won $170,659
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $59,338
2006 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 20 Won $664,061
Grand Total Raised $1,053,211

2012

Lisa Baker was not up for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lisa Baker raised a total of $159,153.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lisa Baker (Pennsylvania)'s campaign in 2012
Ppl Corp$3,100
Pennsylvania State Troopers Association$2,000
Simms, Ronald W$2,000
Minichello, Marc E$1,500
Peco Energy$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$159,153
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Baker raised $171,015 during the 2010 election cycle.

Her top contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
PPL Corp $4,000
Mattioli, Joseph & Rose $2,900
Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania $2,128
Aqua America $2,000
Meuser, Daniel P $1,600

2006

Baker raised $664,061 during the 2006 election cycle.

Her top contributors are listed below.[11]

Donor Amount
Andrew Sordoni, III $60,000
Northeast Pennsylvania Leadership Fund $28,000
Friends of Senator Lemmond $11,075
Fund for Pennsylvania's Priorities $10,000
Power PAC $10,000
Harold Flack, II $7,500
Robert Mericle $6,000
Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania $5,700
Pennsylvania Medical Society $5,300
Elizabeth Baker $5,000
Lewis Sebia $5,000

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 7 through November 12.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.

Personal

Lisa is married to Gary Baker. They have one child and reside in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

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