William P. Baker

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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
Personal details
Born (1940-06-14) June 14, 1940 (age 79)
Oakland, California
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceDanville, California

William Pond Baker (born June 14, 1940, in Oakland, California) is a former United States Congressman from California. 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 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". investwithintegrity.com/. 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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Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel E. Boatwright
California State Assemblyman, 10th District
Succeeded by
Phillip Isenberg
Preceded by
Gilbert R. Marguth
California State Assemblyman, 15th District
Succeeded by
Richard Rainey
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District Created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ellen Tauscher