Rep. Baker Statement Regarding His Decision to Accept a Job at the Managed Funds Association
U.S. Rep. Richard H. Baker today announced his decision to accept a job with the Managed Funds Association (MFA) and is making plans to resign his seat in Congress no later than February 6th, 2008.
"Serving the people of Louisiana for 37 years in public office has been a distinct honor and privilege. I have been extremely blessed to have had this opportunity. I am grateful to the people of Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District for their support over the past 22 years and was always humbled by their trust in me to serve as their voice on Capitol Hill.
"While this decision was not an easy one, I look forward to this new opportunity. I also look forward to more time at home with my wife, Kay, and my family than I have had for the past two decades," stated Rep. Baker.
Rep. Baker has served in elected office for 37 years. He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1971 and served there for fifteen years. During that time, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, Highways, and Public Works. In 1986, State Representative Richard Baker was elected to the United States Congress to represent Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District.
As a senior member of the House of Representatives, Congressman Baker holds a leadership position on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, which, of particular importance to Louisiana, holds jurisdiction over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Baker also serves as a longstanding member of the House Financial Services Committee, where he is widely viewed as an expert on capital markets, insurance, and housing finance.
Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District represents all or parts of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston, Saint Helena, Point Coupee, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, East Feliciana and West Feliciana Parishes.