Former Missouri lawmaker Judy Baker leaves Obama administration

Monday, December 12, 2011 | 10:15 a.m. CST; updated 10:22 a.m. CST, Monday, December 12, 2011

COLUMBIA — A former Missouri lawmaker and unsuccessful candidate for Congress has resigned her federal government job after two years in President Barack Obama's administration.

Judy Baker served as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services since November 2009. The Kansas City regional office oversees HHS business in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

Baker, who is from Columbia, told The Associated Press that she resigned last week and cannot comment on her future plans.

She has been mentioned as a possible candidate to lead the University of Missouri system but says she's not in the running. The system plans to announce its new presidential hire on Tuesday.

Baker, a Democrat, served in the Missouri House from 2005 to 2009. She lost a 2008 U.S. House race to Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer.

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