Bill Baker (politician)

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Bill Baker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byDon Edwards
Succeeded byEllen Tauscher
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 15th district
In office
December 6, 1982 – November 30, 1992
Preceded byGilbert Marguth
Succeeded byRichard Rainey
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 10th district
In office
December 1, 1980 – November 30, 1982
Preceded byDaniel Boatwright
Succeeded byPhillip Isenberg
Personal details
William Pond Baker

(1940-06-14) June 14, 1940 (age 83)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseJoanne Atack
ResidenceDanville, California
Alma materSan Jose State University
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Coast Guard
Years of service1957-1965

William Pond Baker (born June 14, 1940, in Oakland, California) is an American businessman and politician who served two terms as a United States Congressman from California from 1993 to 1997.


He attended San Jose State University, from which he earned a business degree. Baker served as a member of the United States Coast Guard reserve from 1957 to 1965.

After graduating from college, Baker worked as a budget analyst for a large financial corporation. He then took a similar job with the California Department of Finance, which he held for four years. Baker worked as the vice president of a Taxpayers Association until he successfully ran for a seat in the California State Assembly as a Republican in 1980. He served six terms in a district that included portions of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.


In 1992, Baker ran for Congress and served two terms in the House before losing reelection in 1996 to Ellen Tauscher. Baker was a political conservative.

After Congress[edit]

After leaving Congress, Baker returned to the field of finance, and was a partner in the Baker, Brose & Mitsutome investment management firm.[1]

Electoral history[edit]

California's 10th congressional district: Results 1992–1996[2]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1992 Wendell H. Williams 134,635 48% Bill Baker 145,702 52% *
1994 Ellen Schwartz 90,523 39% Bill Baker 138,916 59% Craig W. Cooper Peace and Freedom 4,802 2%
1996 Ellen O. Tauscher 137,726 49% Bill Baker 133,633 47% John Place Reform 6,354 2% Valerie Janlois Natural Law 3,047 1% *

*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1992, write-ins received 92 votes. In 1996, Libertarian Gregory K. Lyon received 2,423 votes.


  1. ^ "Leadership team: Biography of Bill Baker". Walnut Creek, CA: Baker, Brose & Mitsutome. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2007-08-08.

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Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 10th District
Succeeded by
Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 15th District
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
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Preceded byas Former US Representative Order of precedence of the United States
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