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Joe Baca
Joe Baca.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 43
Incumbent
In office
1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Speaker Pro Tempore, California State Assembly
1995-1998
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 16, 1999
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate
1999
California State Assembly
1992-1999
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
Associate'sBarstow Community College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1966-1968
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 23, 1947
Place of birthBelen, New Mexico
ProfessionPublic Relations, Businessman
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Joseph N. "Joe" Baca (b. January 23, 1947) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 43rd congressional district. Baca was first elected to the House in 1999. He lost his re-election bid in 2012.[1]

Baca ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 35th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from the 43rd district district by redistricting.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Baca is a "moderate Democratic leader".[3]

Biography

Baca was born in Belen, New Mexico. He earned an A.A. from Barstow Community College in 1970, and a B.A. in sociology from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1971.[4][5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Baca's academic, professional and political career:[6][7]

Baca worked for 15 years in community relations with General Telephone and Electric. In 1979, he was elected to the Board of Trustees for the San Bernardino Valley College District.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Baca serves on the following committees:[8]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture, Ranking Member
  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Elections

2012

See also: California's 35th congressional district elections, 2012

Baca ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 35th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from the 43rd district district by redistricting. He and Gloria Negrete McLeod (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Anthony Vieyra (G). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election and McLeod won.[1][9][10]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Baca won re-election to the United States House. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Scott Folkens (R) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, California District 43 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Baca Incumbent 65.5% 70,026
     Republican Scott Folkens 34.5% 36,890
Total Votes 106,916

Campaign donors

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Baca's reports.[12]

Joe Baca (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 13, 2012$253,152.67$122,797.62$(128,294.71)$247,655.58
Pre-Primary [14]May 24, 2012$247,655.58$34,385.66$(155,749.10)$126,292.14
Running totals
$157,183.28$(284,043.81)

2010

Breakdown of the source of Baca's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Baca won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Baca's campaign committee raised a total of $758,696 and spent $697,007.[15]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 43, 2010 - Joe Baca Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $758,696
Total Spent $697,007
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $23,852
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $24,769
Top contributors to Joe Baca's campaign committee
Verizon Communications$11,000
AT&T Inc$10,250
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Blue Dog PAC$10,000
CHC-Building Our Leadership's Diversity$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Casinos/Gambling$52,200
Lawyers/Law Firms$46,325
Lobbyists$40,050
Industrial Unions$36,000
Public Sector Unions$27,100

Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Baca paid his congressional staff a total of $1,068,829 in 2011. He ranks 70th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 91st overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranks 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Baca's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,004 and $46,000. That averages to $24,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[17]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Joe Baca has voted with the Democratic Party 91.3% of the time, which ranked 130 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[18]

Personal

Baca and his wife, Barbara, have four children.

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External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Calvert
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 43
1999-Present
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California State Senate
1999
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California State Assembly
1992-1999
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