State Senator Lisa Baker is proud to serve our area. In her district and
in Harrisburg, Lisa has earned respect for her responsible and reasonable
approach to legislating and problem-solving.
One of her defining qualities is accessibility. Her Senate district is one of
the largest in size, and she travels across it constantly to meet with
individuals and groups and to participate in community meetings and
hearings, issue forums, panel discussions, and tributes to distinguished
persons. Lisa learns by listening to people and getting their perspectives
on policies, problems, and projects, and this constructive
interaction includes those who disagree with her views and votes.
When problems arise, Lisa is the on the scene getting firsthand information
about solutions and assistance needed from residents and local officials.
An advocate for the institutions and infrastructure strong communities need,
she has supported the funding necessary for crucial projects to proceed.
Lisa is an independent thinker, putting the public interest first when
casting votes. She cast “no” votes on budgets and gas drilling legislation
that would have adversely affected the district. She is able to find a
reasonable balance on difficult issues, such as supporting the jobs and
economic benefits of natural gas while insisting that environmental
protection and community safety standards be strengthened.
As a lawmaker, Lisa consistently works around the partisan differences
that so often deadlock legislation in Harrisburg. Her ability to work
collaboratively with Republicans and Democrats contributes to the strong record of accomplishment she has assembled.
Lisa is a voice for reform. She has advanced popular reforms such a gift ban for state officials that are strongly resisted by political insiders. The best example of her determination came in response to the notorious kids-for-cash scandal in Luzerne County, where she pushed through four reform bills despite substantial opposition.
Lisa is chairing her third Senate committee, Health and Human Services. An area of particular concentration will be upgrading Pennsylvania’s child protection and abuse prevention services. As chair of the Senate Labor & Industry Committee, she worked to strengthen training programs and to help workers who were unfairly denied unemployment assistance. As chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Response Committee, she was extremely active in making sure that veterans had access to promised benefits, including health care, and in creating incentives to help communities attract and retain the volunteer responders essential to safety. Lisa led the effort to create a Veterans Trust Fund, which combines private and public contributions to provide emergency assistance to needy veterans and their families.
In line with the sporting heritage of the region, Lisa is a staunch defender of Second Amendment rights.
Because of her leadership abilities, Lisa was among a select group invited to the White House to discuss jobs and economic opportunity with federal officials.
She resides in Lehman Township, Luzerne County with her husband Gary of 33 years. They are the proud parents of a son, Carson, and a grandson, Bryce.