Joe Baca

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Joe Baca
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U.S. House, California, District 43
In office
Speaker Pro Tempore, California State Assembly
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 16, 1999
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
Campaign website
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Joseph N. "Joe" Baca (b. January 23, 1947) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 43rd congressional district from 1999 to 2013 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 was a "moderate Democratic leader".[3]


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]


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


Baca served 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


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Baca voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]



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][10][11]


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.[12]

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 were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Baca's reports.[13]

Joe Baca (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 13, 2012$253,152.67$122,797.62$(128,294.71)$247,655.58
Pre-Primary [15]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.[16]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


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 ranked 70th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 91st overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 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.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[18]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Baca ranked 156th in the liberal rankings.[19]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Joe Baca voted with the Democratic Party 91.3% of the time, which ranked 130 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[20]


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
Maxine Waters
Preceded by
California State Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly
Succeeded by