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Bill Baker

Biography of Bill Baker

A fourth generation Californian, Bill Baker has an extensive fiscal background and has represented the Bay Area in the California State Assembly and in the United States Congress.

In Congress, Bill Baker was active in addressing California’s economic, transportation, and science research policies. Bill served on both the science and transportation committees. He played an influential role as an Assistant Majority Whip and as an advocate for California’s Contra Costa and Alameda counties. His instrumental work on transportation projects include authoring the building of the Benicia Bridge and BART-San Francisco Airport extension that led to his winning of the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s “Legislator of the Year” award. He played an important role in championing the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and helped secure needed funding for science and defense programs including the groundbreaking National Ignition Facility (NIF).

Bill served as a Budget Analyst for the California State Department of Finance and later was named Executive Vice President of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association. He also wrote a weekly column entitled, The Angry Taxpayer. He went on to serve six terms in the California Legislature, where he was the chief Republican budget negotiator for seven years as Vice Chair of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee. He emerged as the chief budget negotiator for the Republican Caucus, becoming their principal spokesman on the Budget Conference Committee.

Bill Baker built a reputation as a fiscal conservative. He received numerous praises and awards from organizations such as the National Taxpayers Association, The US Chamber of Commerce, and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Bill Baker is celebrating 15 years as an independant financial professional specializing in investments and retirement planning. He works with clients from across the United States and handles individual, family and business/employee investing.

An Oakland native and graduate of Oakland High School, Bill Baker is an Eagle Scout and attended San Jose State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Industrial Management. In 1965, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve following eight years of service.

Bill and Joanne Baker have four children, Todd, Mary, Billy and Rob. Bill and Joanne continue to reside in their Danville, California home, where they have lived for the past 37 years.