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Charles Duane "Charlie" Baker, Jr

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BirthdayNovember 13, 1956
NationalityAmerican
Famous72nd Governor of Massachusetts, Harvard University, Kellogg School Of Management, Northwestern University, Leaders, Political Leaders
City/StateNew Yorkers
SpousesLauren Baker
Known asCharles Duane Baker Jr.
Universities
  • Harvard University,Kellogg School Of Management,Northwestern University
  • Harvard University (AB)
  • Northwestern University (MBA)
Notable Alumnis
  • Harvard University
  • Kellogg School Of Management
  • Northwestern University
Birth PlaceElmira, New York, U.S.
Height169cm
GenderMale
FatherCharles Duane Baker
MotherAlice Elizabeth
Sun SignScorpio
Born inElmira, New York, U.S.
Famous as72nd Governor of Massachusetts

// Famous 72nd Governor of Massachusetts

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Who is Charlie Baker?

Charlie Baker is an American politician and the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts. After being the pillar of ‘Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’ for almost a decade and escorting the firm to great success, he was the more obvious choice as governor for the citizens of Massachusetts. Politically, he gained sound knowledge of administration working as a cabinet official under two governors of Massachusetts. Having established a career both in business and in politics, Baker resounded at his campaigns that his aim on taking the governor’s seat would be to assist in the development and improvement of small industries and firms in the department of health, reiterating the fundamental concepts of job sustainability and the policy of education for all. Coming from a family with first-hand experience in politics, Baker grew up with political discussion at the dinner table. The education he received was both affluent and top-notch. Ever since he assumed office, he has remained in spot light and has been largely liberal on social issues though he is one who firmly demonstrates fiscal conservatism.

// Famous Alumni of Kellogg School Of Management

Childhood & Early life

Charles Duane Baker Jr. was born on 13th November, 1956 in Elmira, New York to Charles D. Baker, a businessman and Alice Elizabeth Ghormley, a homemaker.

His father was a conservative republican and investor at the ‘Westinghouse Electric Corporation while his mother was a liberal democrat. Baker had two younger brothers, Jonathan and Alex.

His grandfather and great grandfather served in the public sector. Thus, politics ran in his genes. His family shifted to Needham in Massachusetts, where he grew up playing all kinds of sports.

He received elementary education in Washington D.C when his family moved there in 1969. Upon his return to Needham after a few years, he attended ‘Needham High School’, where he was an integral part of the Student Leadership Body.

As a sportsman, his basketball skills were excellent, making him a part of the school basketball team. He even played at the ‘Bay State Conference’ basketball championship.

He went on to attend ‘Harvard College’, which wasn’t a pleasing experience for him. He graduated with a degree in English studying four years at Harvard, but would rather choose to omit memories of his college days.

Baker was a keen learner and pursued an MBA degree at the ‘University’s Kellogg School of Management’. He was immediately placed as a corporate communications director at Massachusetts High Technology Council after finishing his MBA.

Entry Into Politics

It was on the recommendation of Lovett C. Peters that Baker was appointed ‘Undersecretary of Health and Human Services’ by William Weld, Massachusetts’ 68th Governor in 1991.

After working diligently, invoking novice ideas and bringing about reforms that were both criticized and appreciated, he was promoted to the post of ‘Secretary of Health and Human Services’ the following year.

During Weld’s second term as governor, Baker was also appointed as the Secretary of Administration and Finance. In 1997, when Paul Cellucci took over as acting governor, he offered Baker the position of lieutenant governor, but not finding it the most ideal time to take on such responsibility, he declined the offer.

A Businessman

After Paul Cellucci’s term came to an end, Charlie turned to private sector in 1998. He became the CEO of the dwindling ‘Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates’ organization and the following year took ownership of ‘Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’ as President and CEO.

He redeemed the organization from bankruptcy. In the span of six years he brought about drastic changes that reformed the structure and functioning of the organization. He outsourced its IT, created contracts with Massachusetts’ physicians and increased premiums, making it one of America’s best health organizations.

His reputation in the health industry increased so much that he was made a member of the board of director at ‘Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’ and ‘Kenneth B. Schwartz Center’.

Re-entry In Politics

In 2004, he was back in politics, after being elected to the ‘Board of Selectman’ of Swampscott. After a couple of years he moved to the ‘Department of Budget and Finance’ before Deval Patrick took office, and found himself in the seat of ‘Public Advisor of New Hampshire Institute of Politics’ in 2008.

With support from Weld, Baker contested the 2010 gubernatorial elections of Massachusetts. He won the Republican Primary election hands-down with a 98.3% vote. Unfortunately, he lost the elections to incumbent Democrat governor, Deval Patrick by only 4% votes.

After Deval declared that he wouldn’t run for elections for a third term, Baker announced his candidature for the gubernatorial elections of 2014.

He polled massive votes in the primary elections over Mark Fisher, by acquiring 74.1 % votes. At the general elections he won in a tough completion with democrat, Martha Coakley. He received 48.4% votes with the assistance of his running mate, Karyn Polito.

Since his term in office, he has maintained his fiscal conservatism but has managed to be liberal with issues regarding “same-sex marriage” and “abortions”. His system of government is customer-oriented. He has created a bipartisan Cabinet and is working closely with the legislature.

Major Works

In 2015, he managed to bring an end to a 2 billion dollar budget gap with his ingenious business skills. He also rendered tax relief to 400,000 citizens of Massachusetts with a 50% hike of Earned Income Tax Credit.

He has helped businesses by signing a 1 billion dollar Economic Development bill to boost the economy by providing vocational training, encouraging innovations and creating private sector jobs.

To bolster the education system of the state, he has granted 4.6 billion dollars to fund education, making it the highest local education grant in the history of all American states.

To reduce energy costs, he signed a law to embrace new and advanced technologies in energy conservation, which includes harvesting of hydro and off-shore wind power.

Personal Life & Legacy

Baker fell in love with Lauren Cardy Schadt, an alumnus of Kellogg School of Management. They got married in 1987 and have three children.

Lauren has worked at a New York agency as an assistant account executive. She comes from an affluent family as her father was a former CEO of Reader’s Digest and Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages.

The Baker family has contributed to charity organizations; volunteering along with providing financial support. Presently, Charlie and Lauren along with Charlie, AJ and Caroline, reside at Swampscott.

On a personal note, Baker is a music lover. He listens to classic rock songs of the 70’s, and the songs of Ramones, Dropkick Murphys and Green Day.

Trivia

He is the fourth in his family to be named Charles D. Baker. The first bearer of his name was his great grandfather. He has named his first born “Charles” as well.

// Famous Alumni of Northwestern University

Charlie Baker biography timelines

  • // 13th Nov 1956
    Charles Duane Baker Jr. was born on 13th November, 1956 in Elmira, New York to Charles D. Baker, a businessman and Alice Elizabeth Ghormley, a homemaker.
  • // 1969
    He received elementary education in Washington D.C when his family moved there in 1969. Upon his return to Needham after a few years, he attended ‘Needham High School’, where he was an integral part of the Student Leadership Body.
  • // 1987
    Baker fell in love with Lauren Cardy Schadt, an alumnus of Kellogg School of Management. They got married in 1987 and have three children.
  • // 1991
    It was on the recommendation of Lovett C. Peters that Baker was appointed ‘Undersecretary of Health and Human Services’ by William Weld, Massachusetts’ 68th Governor in 1991.
  • // 1997
    During Weld’s second term as governor, Baker was also appointed as the Secretary of Administration and Finance. In 1997, when Paul Cellucci took over as acting governor, he offered Baker the position of lieutenant governor, but not finding it the most ideal time to take on such responsibility, he declined the offer.
  • // 1998
    After Paul Cellucci’s term came to an end, Charlie turned to private sector in 1998. He became the CEO of the dwindling ‘Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates’ organization and the following year took ownership of ‘Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’ as President and CEO.
  • // 2004 To 2008
    In 2004, he was back in politics, after being elected to the ‘Board of Selectman’ of Swampscott. After a couple of years he moved to the ‘Department of Budget and Finance’ before Deval Patrick took office, and found himself in the seat of ‘Public Advisor of New Hampshire Institute of Politics’ in 2008.
  • // 2010
    With support from Weld, Baker contested the 2010 gubernatorial elections of Massachusetts. He won the Republican Primary election hands-down with a 98.3% vote. Unfortunately, he lost the elections to incumbent Democrat governor, Deval Patrick by only 4% votes.
  • // 2014
    After Deval declared that he wouldn’t run for elections for a third term, Baker announced his candidature for the gubernatorial elections of 2014.
  • // 2015
    In 2015, he managed to bring an end to a 2 billion dollar budget gap with his ingenious business skills. He also rendered tax relief to 400,000 citizens of Massachusetts with a 50% hike of Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Charlie Baker's FAQ

  • What is Charlie Baker birthday?

    Charlie Baker was born at 1956-11-13

  • Where is Charlie Baker's birth place?

    Charlie Baker was born in Elmira, New York, U.S.

  • What is Charlie Baker nationalities?

    Charlie Baker's nationalities is American

  • Who is Charlie Baker spouses?

    Charlie Baker's spouses is Lauren Baker

  • What was Charlie Baker universities?

    Charlie Baker studied at Harvard University,Kellogg School Of Management,Northwestern University, Harvard University (AB), Northwestern University (MBA)

  • What was Charlie Baker notable alumnis?

    Charlie Baker's notable alumnis is Harvard University, Kellogg School Of Management, Northwestern University

  • How tall is Charlie Baker?

    Charlie Baker's height is 169

  • Who is Charlie Baker's father?

    Charlie Baker's father is Charles Duane Baker

  • Who is Charlie Baker's mother?

    Charlie Baker's mother is Alice Elizabeth

  • What is Charlie Baker's sun sign?

    Charlie Baker is Scorpio

  • How famous is Charlie Baker?

    Charlie Baker is famouse as 72nd Governor of Massachusetts