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|Lieutenant Governor of Missouri|
|Birthday||April 10, 1960|
|Place of birth||Columbia, MO|
Baker was born in Columbia, MO on April 10, 1960 to an elementary school teacher and a military physician whose career moved the family through six states. Baker graduated from high school in Virginia and returned to Missouri for college.
- B.S., Educational studies, University of Missouri-Columbia (1981)
- MDiv, Southern Seminary (1986)
- MHA, Healthcare administration, University of Missouri-Columbia (2002)
|Missouri Lieutenant Governor Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Bill (William) Haas||12%||35,044|
|Jackie Townes McGee||5.3%||15,493|
|Becky Lee Plattner||3.8%||11,080|
|Election Results Via:Missouri Secretary of State.|
Baker has identified four priorities for her campaign:
- Jobs: Baker views health care reform as an opportunity to bring jobs to the state. If accepted, the Medicaid expansion would bring $8.5 billion to Missouri over five years. In Baker's words, "You can't help but realize that means local health care jobs. Those are really good, high-paying jobs. I think that we need to evaluate that opportunity for what it really is."
- Education: The Lieutenant Governor of Missouri is the tie-breaking vote in the state Senate. If elected, Baker "would work with the Senate to build a strong education agenda based on the things that matter to the teacher and the classroom. The cornerstone of a brighter future for our state rests on quality schools and affordable higher education."
- Seniors & Veterans: Baker is running for office because she believes the duties and interests of the lieutenant governor align with her background and experience in health care and administration. The lieutenant governor sits on several boards and commissions responsible for making key policy decisions surrounding seniors, veterans, housing development and the health needs of minority seniors. One of the priorities she highlighted is figuring out how to deliver community-based services that increase the quality of people's lives and lower the overall costs.
Baker believes the cycle of poverty can be broken by shifting to a more gradual scaling back of social service programs: "Many of our programs, like housing, food assistance and unemployment might do well to adopt a ... model of gradual and measured steps from assistance to self-sufficiency."
- State Rep. Tishaura Jones
- State Rep. Tracy McCreery
- State Rep. Stacey Newman
- State Sen. Robin Wright-Jones
- Former state Sen. Joan Bray
- Freedom Inc. (Kansas City)
Baker and her husband, John, have three children.