Rushern Baker

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Rushern L. Baker, III
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Baker giving a speech in September 2012
7th Executive of Prince George's County
Assumed office
December 6, 2010
Preceded by Jack B. Johnson
Constituency Prince George's County, Maryland
Personal details
Born (1958-10-24) October 24, 1958 (age 58)
Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Christa Beverly
Profession Attorney

Rushern L. Baker, III (born October 24, 1958) is an American attorney and politician, and a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected county executive of Prince George's County, Maryland in 2010 and won reelection in 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Baker was born in Valdosta, Georgia on October 24, 1958. He received his bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor from Howard University in 1982 and 1986, respectively.


Baker represented legislative district 22B in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2003, where he served on various subcommittees and task forces.[1] He also served as Executive Director for the Community Teacher's Institute, located in Lanham, Maryland.

In 2002 and 2006, Baker ran unsuccessfully for the office of Prince George's County Executive. In 2006, he was narrowly defeated by the incumbent County Executive, Jack B. Johnson in the primary election.[2]

In November 2010, Baker won the election to replace Johnson, who was term-limited.[3] Baker was sworn in as County Executive on December 6, 2010.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Baker is married to Christa Beverly, with whom he has three children, including son Rushern Baker IV, and resides in Cheverly, Maryland. He is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Rushern L. Baker III". House of Delegates—Former Delegates. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post, 9/13/06, [1]'
  3. ^ Spivack, Miranda S. (September 16, 2010). "Rushern Baker's victory suggests wish for change in Prince George's". The Washington Post. 
  4. ^ Spivack, Miranda S.; DeBonis, Michael; Wiggins, Ovetta (December 7, 2010). "At inauguration, Rushern Baker sees 'chance to get it right' in Prince George's". The Washington Post. 

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Preceded by
Jack B. Johnson
Executive of Prince George's County
December 6, 2010–present