Rep. Mark Baker announces his intentions to run for state Attorney General in 2019.
Baker has served in the House for 16 years and as the Chairperson of the House Judiciary A committee for the past eight years. He said he believes his time in the legislature, as well as, his 30 years as a practicing lawyer and past experience as a prosecutor and judge have prepared him well for the position of Attorney General.
One of the main things Baker said he would change if elected would be to stop the use of outside counsel being brought in so that the state can save more money.
“I would re-prioritize and re-direct those monies to child protection, protection of the elderly, vulnerable abuse, sex trafficking, and human trafficking,” Baker said. “We’d re-focus that effort. The Attorney General’s office could handle those cases and if you could substitute the fees for an increased settlement, you would have more money to go to the legislature and you’d make your pitch… There are a lot of good lawyers over there and I think it’s just a matter of re-prioritizing and refocusing the efforts of the office. That’s something that starts from the top down.”