Tom Baker (Nebraska politician)

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Thomas C. Baker (born 1948) is a politician from the U.S. state of Nebraska. He served two terms in the Nebraska Legislature from 1999 to 2007.

Baker was born on August 24, 1948, in McCook, Nebraska. He graduated from Trenton High School in 1966, and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1971 with a B.S. in agronomy with a secondary teaching certificate in science. [1]

In the 1998 election, he defeated Steven D. Smith for the seat in the legislature vacated by Owen Elmer, [2] representing the 44th Nebraska legislative district. [3] In 2002, he ran unopposed for re-election. [4] Nebraska's term-limits law prevented his running for a third consecutive term in 2006, and he was replaced by Mark Christensen. [5] In 2007, he was appointed by governor Dave Heineman to the state Board of Educational Lands and Funds. He resigned from the Board in 2009 to run for his old seat in the legislature, but lost to Christensen in the 2010 election. [6] [7]

In the legislature, Baker sat on the Revenue and Rules committees [8] and was chairperson of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. [6]

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  2. "Gazette endorses two for 44th District". McCook Daily Gazette. 1998-04-28. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  3. "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska: Primary Election, May 12, 1998, and General Election, November 3, 1998"; General Election, p. 6. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  4. Jenkins, Nate. "Term limits spur interest in open seats". Lincoln Journal Star. 2006-01-02. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  5. Sughroue, Lorri. "Term limited senator considers comeback". McCook Gazette. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  6. 1 2 "Former State Senator Tom Baker running for old seat". McCook Gazette. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  7. "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska: General Election, November 2, 2010", p. 21. Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  8. "Sen. Baker elected as committee chairman". McCook Gazette. 2003-01-09. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
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