Joe Baca

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Joe Baca
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U.S. House, California, District 43
Former member
In office
1999-2013
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Speaker Pro Tempore, California State Assembly
1995-1998
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 16, 1999
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
Campaign website
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Joseph N. "Joe" Baca (b. January 23, 1947) is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 31st Congressional District of California. He is a former 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]

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 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

Issues

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]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 17th congressional district elections, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2014

Baca is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 31st District. He is challenging vulnerable Republican incumbent Gary Miller rather than face a rematch against Gloria Negrete McLeod in District 35. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[10]

Endorsements

Baca reported receiving endorsements from 30 House Democrats. They are as follows:[11]

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][12][13]

U.S. House, California District 35 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGloria Negrete McLeod 55.9% 79,698
     Democratic Joe Baca Incumbent 44.1% 62,982
Total Votes 142,680
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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.[14]

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

Breakdown of the source of Baca's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Baca did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Baca's campaign committee raised a total of $1,046,528 and spent $1,162,457.[15]

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.[16]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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 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 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.[18]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Baca ranked 146th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[19]

2011

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.[20]

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.[21]

Personal

Baca and his wife, Barbara, have four children.

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "Baca announces run for 35th District", redlandsdailyfacts.com, September 12, 2011
  3. Gov Track "Baca" Accessed May 21, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BACA, Joe, (1947 - )"
  5. Congressman Joe Baca, Fighting for the 43rd District of California "Biography"
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BACA, Joe, (1947 - )"
  7. Congressman Joe Baca, Fighting for the 43rd District of California "Biography"
  8. Congressman Joe Baca, Fighting for the 43rd District of California "Committees and Caucuses"
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Roll Call, "California: Baca Will Challenge Miller in 31st District," April 15, 2013
  11. Roll Call, "Ex-Rep. Joe Baca Touts 30 Endorsements From House Democrats #CA31," May 28, 2013
  12. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  13. Unofficial election results
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  15. Open Secrets "Joe Baca 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 19, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Joe Baca 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 14, 2011
  17. LegiStorm "Joe Baca"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Baca, (D-Cali), 2010"
  19. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Calvert
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 43
1999-2013
Succeeded by
Maxine Waters
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California State Senate
1999
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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California State Assembly
1992-1999
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