Catharine Baker is the Republican candidate for California’s 16th State Assembly District. District 16 includes the Tri-Valley, Lamorinda and suburbs East of Berkeley Hills. Baker was born and raised in Cathedral City. Her mother was an award-winning public school teacher, teaching in California for over 20 years, and her father ran the small family business selling and servicing office equipment. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College. She later went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California Law.
She was first elected to serve the 14th district in 2014. Baker was appointed Vice-Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee in addition to the Committee on Transportation, Business and Professions, Privacy and Consumer Protection and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. She 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 also serves as a trustee of the Diablo Regional Arts Association in Walnut Creek, supporting arts and educational programs for families and schoolchildren throughout her community. Baker lives with her husband Dan and their two children.