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===Hawaii Grassroot Institute===
{{2010 Grassroot Institute Scorecard Writeup}}
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Baker is divorced.
Baker is divorced.

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Rosalyn Baker
Rosalyn Baker.jpg
Hawaii State Senate District 6
In office
1992 - 1998, 2002 - Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position (current service)13
Years in position (previous service)6
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSouthwest Texas State University (1968)
Date of birthSeptember 20, 1946
Place of birthEl Campo, Texas
ReligionUnited Methodist
Campaign website
Rosalyn "Roz" Baker (b. September 20, 1946) is a Democratic member the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 6. She was first appointed to the chamber in 1993, serving until 1998. In 1993 and from 1995 to 1996 she served as Senate Majority Leader. She was again elected to the Senate in 2002.

Baker was on the Maui County Democratic Party Executive Committee from 1986 to 1988. She served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1988 to 1993. She was also a delegate/alternate delegate at the Democratic National Convention in 1984, 1992, 1996, and 2000. Baker was a delegate/Committee Chair at the Hawaii State Democratic Convention from 1986 to 2004.


Baker earned her BA/Secondary Teaching Certificate in Political Science/Speech from Southwest Texas State University in 1968 and attended Graduate Studies in Political Science at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1969.

Baker's professional experience includes working as a Graduate Instructor for the University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1968 to 1969. She worked as a Lobbyist/Assistant Director of Government Relations for the National Education Association from 1969 to 1980. From 1980 to 1987 she was the owner of Wayfarer and Rosalyn's, a small retail business. In 1987 she was a Legislative Aide for Representative Karen Horita. She then worked as a Business Consultant from 1987 to 1988. She was also Economic Development Coordinator for the County of Maui from 1999 to 2002.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Baker served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Consumer Protection, Chair
Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing
Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, Vice Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Baker served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Baker served on these committees:



Campaign themes

Baker's campaign website lists the following issues:[1]

  • Vacation Rentals
"During the past year, concerns were raised on the Big Island and Kauai that many owners of vacation rental properties were not paying or underpaying their Hawai'i GET and TAT taxes. ...We know there are lots of law abiding, taxpaying operators of vacation rentals. But there are also those who willfully disregard the law and even some who believe certain provisions do not apply to them. This bill will help foster compliance and allow renters visiting our state to trust that they are dealing with legitimate businesses."
  • Kihei High School
"Since I began to represent South Maui in 2002 I have made it my top priority to secure funding to build Kihei High School. ...Kihei High should be built as a public private partnership. To facilitate that effort, my goal right now is to obtain funding for the infrastructure work necessary to move forward with construction."

Newspaper monopoly

The Hawaii state legislature inadvertently created a monopoly in the Honolulu newspaper industry by requiring that foreclosures be announced in a daily newspaper distributed in the county where the foreclosure occurred. The Honolulu Star Advertiser was the only newspaper that fit this description, and thus held a monopoly. When the legislature sought to expand the law to allow foreclosures to be noted in weekly publications, Star Advertiser employees lobbied to keep the law as it was. Baker, in an interview, noted that she was "appalled" at their tactics. She noted that lawmakers had mistakenly granted the paper a monopoly, and said that lawmakers should change the situation to allow for more market competition.[2]



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Baker won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 6. Baker ran unopposed in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Bart Mulvihill (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Hawaii State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRosalyn Baker Incumbent 72.5% 9,808
     Republican Bart Mulvihill 27.5% 3,717
Total Votes 13,525


On November 4, 2008, Baker won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 5th Senate District. Baker received 8,506 votes in the election, defeating Jan Shields (R), who received 6,286 votes. Additionally, 1,045 "Blank" votes and 14 "Over" votes were cast in the election.[6] Baker raised $152,764 for her campaign; Shields raised $75,915.[7]

Hawaii State Senate, District 5 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rosalyn Baker (D) 8,506 53.7%
Jan Shields (R) 6,286 39.7%
Blank 1,045 6.6%
Over 14 0.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Baker is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Baker raised a total of $757,892 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 24, 2013.[8]

Rosalyn Baker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 6 Won $140,465
2010 Hawaii State Senate, District 5 Not up for election $56,992
2008 Hawaii State Senate, District 5 Won $152,764
2006 Hawaii State Senate, District 5 Not up for election $39,384
2004 Hawaii State Senate, District 5 Won $152,250
2002 Hawaii State Senate, District 5 Won $71,522
1998 Hawaii State Senate, District 4 Defeated $144,515
Grand Total Raised $757,892


Baker won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Baker raised a total of $140,465.
Hawaii State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rosalyn Baker's campaign in 2012
Electrical Workers Local 1186$4,500
Patsy T Mink PAC$4,000
Hawaii State Teachers Association$3,900
American Resort Development Association$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$140,465
Source: Follow the Money


Baker was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Baker raised a total of $56,992.


Baker won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Baker raised a total of $152,764.


Baker was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Baker raised a total of $39,384.


Baker won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Baker raised a total of $152,250.


Baker won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Baker raised a total of $71,522.


Baker lost the election for the Hawaii State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Baker raised a total of $144,515.


Hawaii Grassroot Institute

The Grassroot Institute issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[9] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Baker received a total score of 22%. Here are the scores Baker received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
37% 4% 0% 67% 16% 0%


Baker is divorced.

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Preceded by
Jamie Kalani English (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate District 5
Succeeded by
Shan Tsutsui (D)