VOTERS GUIDE: James O. Baker

Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives District 9
Monday, July 19, 2010 | 1:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:50 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 12, 2010

James Baker considers himself a passionate U.S. Marine Corps veteran ready to bring his experience as a small business owner to the halls of Congress.

Baker is a devout Christian and member of Grace Church-Saint Louis, where he teaches Bible classes. He said faith and public policy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. He considers legal abortion to be “the most pressing issue in our country” and is a strong anti-abortion advocate.


PERSONAL: Age 57. Married to RitaJo Baker. Has seven children and 12 grandchildren.


ON THE WEB: Website:

OCCUPATION: Small business owner

EDUCATION: Master’s degree in applied teaching, Lindenwood University, St. Charles; bachelor's degree in political science, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Saint Louis University School of Law

BACKGROUND: Member of National Rifle Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, Heritage Foundation and Christian Legal Society

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Baker advocates energy independence and supports drilling off the U.S. coastline.

He is against stimulus spending, preferring incentives for businesses to hire more workers, but offers no plan for where such incentives would come from.

According to election filings, Baker has not reported any fundraising.

Baker previously ran in a 2002 primary for 16th district state representative, losing to former state Rep. Carl Bearden.

All information was compiled from public records and the candidate’s website. Multiple efforts to reach Baker by phone were unsuccessful.

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