Matt E. Baker
|Matthew E. Baker|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 68th district
January 5, 1993
|Preceded by||Edgar A. Carlson|
January 24, 1957 |
Buffalo, New York
|Spouse(s)||Brenda K. Baker|
|Alma mater||Corning Community College
Matthew E. "Matt" Baker is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 68th District and was elected in 1992. For the 2009-10 legislative session, Baker has been appointed Republican Chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee.
Prior to his election to the House, Baker served as a district legislative aide for 13 years. He worked in a Wellsboro law firm for twelve years where he specialized in serving people with disabilities. He helped them Obtain Social Security and disability benefits before federal administrative law judges.
Baker has seen many of his bills become law, including Act 22 of 2012, known as Pennsylvania’s Identity Theft Act, which makes it a felony of the third degree to commit a first offense of the crime of identity theft and provides a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. A third or subsequent offense raises the crime to a felony of the second degree with a maximum penalty of 17 years in prison and a $125,000 fine. Act 166 of 2004 allows auto accident investigators to file summary charges up to a year after an accident, thereby giving law enforcement officials the necessary time needed to complete their investigation of the most difficult incidents – ones that cause serious bodily injury or death and frequently involve multiple vehicles.
Baker graduated from Cowanesque Valley High School, Westfield. He holds an Associate Degree from Corning Community College, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree as an honors scholar from Elmira College. He also has a Certificate in Business Management, and attended Mansfield University. Formerly of Westfield, Pennsylvania, Baker resides in Wellsboro, Tioga County, with his wife Brenda.
- "Representative Baker's Web Profile" http://repbaker.com
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