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Former Rep. Richard Baker

Republican  •  Louisiana 11 Terms  •  Sworn In 1987
Last Term 2007 - 2008 View All

Baker was born May 22, 1948 in New Orleans and graduated from Louisiana State University. He stayed in Baton Rouge after graduation and founded a real estate agency. He worked as a Real Estate Developer from 1971-86. In 1971, just a year out of school, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives as a Democrat from a predominantly blue-collar district in Baton Rouge and served eight terms. In 1986, Baker switched to the Republican Party due to a long-running feud with Governor of Louisiana, Edwin Edwards. Soon afterwards, 6th District Congressman Henson Moore announced he was running for the open Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Russell Long (he was defeated in that race by 7th District Congressman John Breaux). Moore encouraged Baker to run for the seat. No other candidate filed to run, ensuring Baker's election. He was reelected unopposed in 1988 and 1990.

Now Baker is considered one of the most conservative members of Congress with a lifetime rating of "91" from the American Conservative Union. The "National Journal" ranked Baker the 17th most conservative House member for 2005, an achievement for which Baker proudly issued a press release. Read More...

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