|Address||40 Capitol Square SW |
Atlanta, Georgia , United States
|| December 16, 1952
Jun 24, 2019 11:54pm
|Info||Thurbert E. Baker was appointed Georgia?s fifty-second Attorney General by Governor Zell Miller on June 1, 1997. On November 3, 1998, the voters of Georgia elected Attorney General Baker to serve a four-year term, with Baker carrying 113 of the state's 159 counties. |
Attorney General Baker was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on December 16, 1952. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975, and he graduated from the Emory University School of Law in 1979. Since graduating from law school, Attorney General Baker has engaged in a wide range of legal practice, including federal public practice and managing his own private law firm.
In 1988, Mr. Baker won the first of five elections to represent part of DeKalb County in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1991, after just one term in the General Assembly, Mr. Baker was chosen by Governor Miller to serve as his Assistant Administration House Floor Leader. In 1993, Governor Miller promoted Mr. Baker to the position of Administration House Floor Leader. While serving as Floor Leader for Governor Miller, Mr. Baker helped him enact some of the most significant legislation in modern Georgia history, including the HOPE scholarship and tough anti-crime measures.
Attorney General Baker is active in his community. He was a member of the DeKalb County Library Board for many years. He serves as a trustee for Ebenezer Baptist Church, and as a member of the boards of the National Medical Society at Emory University and the DeKalb College Foundation. He is also a member of the Emory Law School Council, and serves on Emory University?s Board of Visitors.
Reflecting his special concern for victims of domestic violence, Attorney General Baker serves as Chairman of the Violence Against Women Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General. He also serves as an advisor to the Harrell Center for the study of domestic violence at the University of South Florida.
Attorney General Baker has also taken an active role in the National Association of Attorneys General, where he serves on the Executive Committee and was elected by his colleagues to serve as Chair of the Southern Regional Conference of Attorneys General. He is also the Convenor of the NAAG Civil Rights Committee, and serves as NAAG's delegate to the American Bar Association?s House of Delegates.
In his capacity as Attorney General, Mr. Baker is a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Attorney General Baker lives in Stone Mountain with his wife, Catherine, and their two daughters, Jocelyn and Chelsea.