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Gilbert Baker
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Arkansas State Senate District 30
Former officeholder
In office
2001-January 10, 2013
Base salary$15,869 per year
Per diem$136 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 2000
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
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) was a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 30 from 2001 to 2013.

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

Baker earned his BFA from Louisiana Tech University in 1977. He went on to receive his MM from the University of Arizona in 1978. He has worked as a Teacher/Academic Advisor/Administrator for the University of Central Arkansas for 22 years. He was Chair of the Faulkner County Republican Party from 1997 to 1999.

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

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 Health Care Association $7,138
Arkansas Conservative Legislative PAC $5,000
Arkansas Republican Party $5,000

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Baker and his wife, Susan, have eight children.

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