Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, 16th Assembly District and Annual Membership Meeting
About the Speaker
Catharine Baker was elected to represent the 16th Assembly District on November 4, 2014. She took the oath of office on December 1, 2014.
Her first term in office, Baker was selected to serve as Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Committee. She also serves on the Assembly Committees on Transportation, Business and Professions, Privacy and Consumer Protection, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Catharine is a member of the Bay Area Caucus, the Legislative Women’s Caucus, and the Outdoor Sporting Caucus. Her main legislative interests include education, transportation, and economic development.
A mother of school-age twins and an active parent leader in local schools, she served as Vice President of the Dougherty Elementary School Site Council and on several school improvement committees.
Catharine is also a volunteer leader in her community, previously serving on a local preschool board and volunteering with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts in the region as an archery instructor. She is also a former Board Director and now Trustee of the Diablo Regional Arts Association in Walnut Creek, supporting arts and educational programs for families and schoolchildren throughout her community.
Catharine earned her B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, overcoming cancer her senior year to graduate Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. Catharine later went on to earn her J.D. degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Prior to her election, she worked at law firm in Pleasanton where she helped small businesses and non-profit organizations get started and succeed. Baker received has also received numerous awards for providing pro bono legal representation to low-income individuals and families.
Catharine is a native Californian, born and raised in Cathedral City, California. She is married to her college sweetheart, Dan Baker, and they currently live in Dublin, California with their twins.
Baker represents the 16th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.