Born: January 23, 1947 in Belen, New Mexico
Children: Joe Jr., Jeremy*, Natalie and Jennifer
Military Service: ARMY (Vietnam)
1979: Member, San Bernardino Valley College District Board of Trustees
1988: Primary Candidate for AD-66 (Lost; 44.3%)
1990: Primary Candidate for AD-66 (Lost; 43.5%)
1992: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly (first Latino to serve in this capacity)
1995: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
1995-1996: [Minority] Speaker Pro Tem, California State Assembly
1999: Resigned from the State Senate on November 16.
2008: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2014: Primary Candidate for CD-31 (Lost; 11.2%)
2016: [Republican] Primary Candidate for CD-31 (Lost; 11.8%)
2018: Primary Candidate for CD-35 (Lost; 14.8%)
- LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: After days of declining attendance, Baca was the sole member of the Assembly to be present for the fifth day of the 1995-96 session, on December 9th. Two days before, Baca had been one of nine members to attend session. (Source: Assembly Journal, 12/7/2019 and 12/9/2019)
- An incumbent who lost to a member of their own party (in 2012).
- In 2006, Jeremy was a primary candidate for AD-62, but lost with 42.2%.
- In 2015, Baca changed his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican. In 2017, he changed back to being a Democrat.
Source: California Assembly Handbook (1996)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) [http://bioguide.congress.gov/]