|Rushern L. Baker III|
Baker giving a speech in September 2012
|7th Executive of Prince George's County|
December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Jack B. Johnson|
|Constituency||Prince George's County, Maryland|
October 24, 1958 |
Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.
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. In 2017, he announced his candidacy for Governor of Maryland.
Early life and education
Baker was born in Valdosta, Georgia on October 24, 1958 and grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. Baker's father, a Green Beret who served in the Vietnam War, mother, and 3 siblings lived on an Army base in Okinawa, Japan for a time before settling in Massachusetts. Baker has talked about his early struggles with reading and attributes the dedication of his family and teachers to helping him overcome difficulties and succeed academically. He received his bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor from Howard University in 1982 and 1986, respectively.
Maryland House of Delegates
Baker represented legislative district 22B in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2003, where he served on various subcommittees and task forces. He also served as Executive Director for the Community Teacher's Institute, located in Lanham, Maryland.
Prince George's County Executive
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.
2018 Maryland gubernatorial election campaign
Baker met his wife, Christa Beverly, on his first day of undergraduate school at Howard University in 1978. They lived in Washington, D.C., briefly, before settling in Cheverly, MD, where they raised three children, including son Rushern Baker IV.
In 2010, Baker's wife was diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The family decided to speak publicly about her diagnosis in 2012  in order to increase awareness for the disease and advocate for greater funding for medical research. Baker is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association.
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- "Weighing Politics At Work, Wife's Dementia At Home". NPR.org.
Jack B. Johnson
|Executive of Prince George's County
December 6, 2010–present