Rushern L. Baker, III is the seventh County Executive of Prince George’s County, the highest income African-American majority county in America and the second largest jurisdiction by population in the State of Maryland. Since his election in November of 2010, Mr. Baker has worked closely with other state and regional leaders to pursue positive change, focusing on creating jobs, growing the economy, and improving public safety and education in the County.
Since taking office, Mr. Baker has raised the profile of Prince George’s County in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan region, implementing innovative programs designed to improve the quality of life for residents. Mr. Baker established The Economic Development Incentive Fund (EDIF), an unprecedented $50 million fund designed to stimulate business growth in the County. He is also addressing healthcare disparities through his leadership and advocacy for a new world-class Regional Medical Center in Prince George’s County that will transform health care in the region.
Mr. Baker introduced the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) in 2012 in order to uplift economically challenged neighborhoods in Prince George’s County. TNI is an innovative approach to government service delivery.
Mr. Baker is very focused on improving education and public safety in the County. For the last two years he has ensured that schools and the County’s public safety agencies receive adequate funding and resources. The result has been rising test scores and significant reductions in overall crime.
Mr. Baker has also made significant reforms to ensure openness, transparency, and accountability in government. Under his leadership, the County recently launched CountyClick 3-1-1. Residents now have increased access to the government online or via a County call center. He also introduced CountyStat, a program used to measure and monitor government operations in order to improve service delivery by County agencies.
Mr. Baker has received many awards and honors including the National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ National Leadership Award for Public Service and 2012 Most Innovative Executive of the Year for Minority Business from the Maryland/Washington Minority Contractors Association.
Mr. Baker started his political career in the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 22-B from 1994 – 2003. During that time, he served on numerous committees and was Chair of the Prince George’s County Delegation from 1999 to 2003. While in that role, Baker earned a reputation of being a consensus builder, an honest professional, and a tough, well-respected leader. In addition to his success in politics, Mr. Baker—an accomplished lawyer— has served as the legal counsel to a nonprofit community development and social services organization and as the executive director of an education reform nonprofit. From 1987 to 2001, Baker was also a member of the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps.
Mr. Baker graduated from Howard University with a Juris Doctorate in 1986 and is a member of the Howard University Alumni Association, and the Maryland Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Mr. Baker and his wife, Christa, live in Prince George’s County, where they have raised all three of their children – one son and two daughters.
The Inauguration of Rushern L. Baker, III 12-6-10 Part 1 and Part 2