Rhonda Baker joined the legislature a little over a year ago. Today she chairs one of the most powerful and critical committees in the legislative struggle to get common education back under some semblance of order.
Baker comes from a vast & sprawling district which starts a few miles miles west of Lake Hefner, in the Oklahoma City metro, and ends just a few miles north of the Wichita Mountains, near Lawton, OK. She filed for the office when Dan Fisher surprised the political world by giving up on his legislative legacy, after 2 terms.
Unlike Fisher, Baker became one of the most liberal members of the Republican caucus. She scored a '0' on the Rino Index, a 20 on the Conservative Index, a -26 on the Conservative Performance Index, and most recently a 20 on the Platform Index.
Baker was a public school teacher and a celebrated success for the Teacher Caucus. Former chair, Michael Rogers immediately gave her the title of vice chair, after her election.
Baker created a bit of a scandal this winter when she lied to local reporters after failing to follow ethics laws. Baker skipped part of the 2nd special session when she accepted an out-of-state lobby group's free trip to New York City. The lobby group is a liberal advocate for national popular vote.
Unlike Rep. Avery Frix, who made a timely filing of the trip to the state ethics commission, Baker never mentioned it until confronted when she was more than a month overdue. She then told a local newspaper that she had already filed the papers. But the ethics commission records show that the papers weren't filed until a few more days after the reporter confronted her.
This brings to question;