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Jan 2003 - Jan 2013: Baca represented California's 43 Congressional District.

November 16, 1999: Baca was elected in a special election to represent California's 42nd Congressional District United States House of Representatives. Baca was relected for a second term and served until January 3, 2003.

November 3, 1998: Baca was elected to the California State Senate.

1992: Baca was elected to the California State Assembly. He became the first Latino Speaker pro Tempore. From January through December 1998, he was the third-ranking leader of the Assembly, serving as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore and the Speaker's Federal Government Liaison. He also served as a member of the Rules Committee.

1979: Baca was the first Latino elected to the Board of Trustees for the San Bernardino Valley College District.

Rep. Baca was born in Belen, New Mexico, in 1947. His father was a railroad laborer. He was the youngest of 15 children in a house where little English was spoken. Rep. Baca and his family moved to Barstow, Calif., when he was a young boy. He worked shining shoes at age 10, delivered newspapers, and later worked as a laborer for the Santa Fe Railroad until he was drafted in 1966. Rep. Baca is a Vietnam War-era veteran, serving in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with both the 101st and the 82nd Airborne Divisions from 1966-68. He left with the rank of Specialist E-4.

Following his military service, Rep. Baca earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from California State University - Los Angeles. He worked for 15 years in community relations with General Telephone and Electric. In 1989, he and his wife, Barbara, began their own business, Interstate World Travel, in San Bernardino. They have four children - Joe Jr., Jeremy, Natalie and Jennifer. The Hon. Joe Baca Jr. is currently serving in his first term as state assemblyman for California's 62nd district, marking the first time a father and son have served alongside from the same district.


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Last edited by Scott Flodin on March 19, 2013

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