Rep. Ratcliffe announces new director of public policy in district office
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced today James “Jamie” Baker as his new director of public policy based out of his Sherman office. He will be serving Grayson, Fannin and Collin counties, replacing Kathleen Connor, who recently became the director of resource development for the United Way of Grayson County.
Baker is a Harleton, Texas native who brings close to a decade of public policy experience with him to Texas’ 4th District. He previously served as Ratcliffe’s senior legislative assistant in Washington, D.C., handling a broad portfolio of issues, including education, healthcare, taxes, energy, telecommunications, homeland security and appropriations.
“Jamie has done great work for the people of Texas’ 4th District during his time on my team – leading the charge on our efforts against Obama’s assault on affordable energy, reining in irresponsible federal spending, combatting the rising terrorist threats, and more,” Ratcliffe said.
“We’re incredibly excited to have Jamie back in Northeast Texas, where he can put this deep policy experience to work on the ground level as our new director of public policy. I’m confident he’ll make a huge impact in our ongoing efforts to ensure the needs of our constituents are being met through the work being done in Washington, D.C.”
As Ratcliffe’s director of public policy, Baker will engage with constituents and organizations throughout Texas’ 4th District, while serving as a link between the needs of the district and Washington, D.C. staff for local issues.
“It’s been an honor to serve on Congressman Ratcliffe’s team in our nation’s capital, but I’ve got to admit I’m glad to be back in Texas,” Baker said.
“I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work on legislative solutions that will tackle the real-life challenges we’re facing in Northeast Texas every single day. It’s my hope to provide an ‘ear to the ground’ throughout all 18 counties by engaging with local leaders, small business owners and all the great, hardworking people we’re committed to serving in this region.”
Prior to joining Ratcliffe’s Washington, D.C. staff, Baker worked for Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Denton), and as an aide in the George W. Bush administration. He obtained a Master of Professional Studies in Political Management from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.