Thurbert Baker

Thurbert Baker DEMDemocrat

State Attorney General of Georgia

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Thurbert BakerDEMDemocrat State Attorney General of Georgia
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Years of Age
21
Years of Experience
GAResidence (state)

Thurbert Earl Baker (born December 16, 1952) was the first African American Attorney General of the U.S. state of Georgia. He was appointed to the position in 1997 by Governor Zell Miller and served until January 10, 2011. Governor Zell Miller installed Thurbert Baker (at the time his chief lieutenant in the Georgia House of Representatives) as attorney general on June 1, 1997, making him the first African-American to hold that job in Georgia and the only black state attorney general in the country at the time. Baker was subsequently elected to the position three times as a Democrat. In the 2006 general election, Baker received more votes—and a higher percentage of the vote—than any other Democrat running statewide in Georgia, being one of three Democrats to win statewide that year (the other two being Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin and Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond). These three would remain the last Democrats to win statewide in Georgia until 2020, when Joe Biden narrowly carried the state in his successful presidential bid. Baker served the fourth-longest tenure as Attorney General in state history (behind Eugene Cook, Arthur K. Bolton and Michael J. Bowers).

Education4 - 4 of 2
Emory University School of Law
JD
1979
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BA
1975
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
Attorney General
State of Georgia
1997 - 2010
Attorney General
State of Georgia
1997
Representative
Georgia State House
1988 - 1996
Lawyer
Law Firm of Baker and Shivers
Lawyer
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Other Experience1 - 18 of 18
Advisor
Harrell Center for the Study of Domestic Violence at the University of South Florida
Board Member
National Medical Society at Emory University
Board Member
DeKalb College Foundation
Board Member
Emory University’s Board of Visitors
Chair
Southern Regional Conference of Attorneys General
Convener
Civil Rights Committee, National Association of Attorneys General
Delegate
National Association of Attorneys General, American Bar Association’s House of Delegates
Executive Committee
National Association of Attorneys General
Experience
National Rifle Association
Experience
Omega Psi Pi
Member
Emory Law School Council
Trustee
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Trustee
Martin Luther King, Jr. Charitable Foundation
Vice Chair
Dekalb County Board of Appeals
Board Member
DeKalb County Library Board
Experience
Open Government Mediation Program
Member
Executive Committee, Dekalb County Democratic Party
Trustee
Metro-Fair Housing Board