Richard Baker (U.S. politician)

Richard Hugh Baker ( May 22nd, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American politician. Between 1987 and 2008 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Baker studied until 1971 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In Baton Rouge He then founded a real estate company. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1972 and 1986 he sat for this party as a delegate in the House of Representatives from Louisiana. There he was at times Chairman of the Transport Committee.

In 1986, Baker stepped over to the Republicans after internal party disputes. In the congressional elections of 1986 he was appointed as their candidate in the sixth electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Henson Moore on January 3, 1987. After ten elections he could remain until his resignation on 2 February 2008 at the Congress. There he was at times chairman of the subcommittee on capital markets. He also belonged to the Committee on Infrastructure and the Veterans Committee.

On February 2, 2008 Richard Baker resigned from Congress mandate to work as a lobbyist for the Managed Funds Association.