Joe Baca

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Joe Baca
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U.S. House, California, District 43
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 16
Speaker Pro Tempore, California State Assembly
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
California State Assembly
AssociatesBarstow Community College
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1966-1968
Date of birthJanuary 23, 1947
Place of birthBelen, New Mexico
ProfessionPublic Relations, Businessman
ReligionRoman Catholic
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.

Baca is running for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 35th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from his current district, the 43rd by redistricting.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Baca is a "moderate Democratic leader".[2]


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.[3][4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Baca's academic, professional and political career:[5][6]

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


Baca serves on the following committees:[7]

  • 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




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

Baca is running for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 35th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from his current district, the 43rd by redistricting. He and Gloria Negrete McLeod (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Anthony Vieyra (G). They will now face off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]


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.[10]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Baca's reports.[11]

Joe Baca (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$253,152.67$122,797.62$(128,294.71)$247,655.58
Pre-Primary [13]May 24, 2012$247,655.58$34,385.66$(155,749.10)$126,292.14
Running totals


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.[14]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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Baca and his wife, Barbara, have four children.

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