R — Assemblymember, 16th District
Assemblymember Catharine Baker, a Republican, is running for reelection to the California State Assembly from the 16th District, which covers parts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. First elected to the Assembly in 2014 with GFC’s backing, Catharine is permitted under California’s term limits to serve through 2026.
A graduate of the University of Chicago and UC Berkeley Law, Catharine worked as Senior Legislative Assistant for the late Congressman Sonny Bono, Counsel and Manager of Special Projects for David Harmer for Congress, and Bay Area Regional Chair for the Romney Campaign. A former Abraham Lincoln Fellow with the Claremont Institute for Statesmanship and Public Policy, Catharine also serves on the site council at one of her children’s schools and in 2011 received the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services from the California State Bar Association, one of the most prestigious awards for pro bono legal services in California.
Catharine serves on the Business and Professions, Higher Education, Privacy and Consumer Protection, Transportation, and Legislative Audit Committees. As a state legislator Catharine has worked on legislation to repeal last-in-first-out (LIFO) termination treatment for teachers, to ban BART strikes, to repeal the cap on school district cash reserves, to provide veterans with help applying for financial aid, and more. Catharine is paving the way for Republicans to appeal to a wider range of Californians. She has an appealing voting record in California on women’s rights, gay rights, and environmental issues. Catharine is the only Republican with 100% ratings from Planned Parenthood and Equality California. She has worked hard to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats. Catharine has an excellent working relationship with Assemblymember Tim Grayson and State Senator Steve Glazer who also represent the region.
Party registration in AD16 is 41.0% Democratic, 29.3% Republican and 25.5% No Party Preference/Decline To State. In 2016, Catharine outperformed Trump in this district by over 30 points. Despite her strong performance in 2016, Catharine faces a tough race in 2018 with Trump in the White House and the California Republican Party continuing to deteriorate. She likely will face a Democratic opponent with strong fundraising ability who will present himself as a moderate veteran. We expect Catharine to prevail after an expensive race.