A safe and orderly society relies on the integrity of its judges and magistrates. The Massachusetts Governor's Council approves Governor Charlie Baker judicial nominations, evaluating judicial candidates much like the US Senate Judiciary Committee. As a Governor's Councillor, Rich Baker will screen potential judges for fairness and integrity, assuring that the nominees will follow the laws of the Commonwealth and judicial precedent. The Governor's Council also approves parole decisions and commutations of sentences. As a member of the West Newbury Board of Assessors, Rich Baker fought to maintain fair tax assessments amongst the taxpayers in West Newbury. As a Governor's Councillor, Rich will continue those same principles of integrity and fairness in the evaluation of judges and parole decisions.
In his 2016 race, Rich Baker was endorsed by Governor Charlie Baker, Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins, State Representative Lenny Mirra, Boston Herald, Lowell Sun, and the United Puerto Rican Political Action Committee. 2018 endorsements will come out later in the campaign season.
A candidate for the people
Richard Baker is a unique candidate for the Massachusetts Governor's Council for the Massachusetts 5th Governor's Council District with a diverse background. He is an inventor of Ethernet and Web technologies, a small business owner, an Intellectual Property Licensing Executive, and a Software Engineer. He is a member of the West Newbury Board of Assessors and has served on the Pentucket Regional School Committee (PRSC). Rich ran for Congress in 2008.
Richard Baker is the founder and President of New England Intellectual Property, a small business located in West Newbury, Massachusetts. At NEIP, Mr. Baker assists inventors with issues related to patents, from negotiating with the US Patent Office to obtain patents, to brokering patents to designing licensing campaigns. He has assisted startups to form around patents and designed solutions around innovative ideas. Rich Baker is a named inventor on over 30 US Patents.
Previously he worked as Director of Intellectual Property Licensing for 3Com Corporation of Marlborough, MA, a position he held from January of 2005 until Hewlett Packard acquired the company in 2010. While at 3Com, Mr. Baker was responsible for the licensing program of over 1400 U.S. patents - one of the most impressive networking technology patent holdings in the world. At 3Com, Mr. Baker was been involved in a number of licensing projects and in the management of existing licenses for 3Com.
Prior to joining 3Com, Mr. Baker was the Director of Intellectual Property at Schneider Automation. At Schneider Automation he developed the company's intellectual property program, including the creation of IP strategies, the organization of a portfolio of patents, and the authoring of a number of patent disclosures. While at Schneider, Mr. Baker was issued fifteen patents in his name and had approximately 15 patents pending in the web, embedded Ethernet, and business method areas.
Mr. Baker's graduate studies include Intellectual Property at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH Law) and Computer Science at Harvard University. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and English as a dual major at the University of New Hampshire, where he also minored in Electrical Engineering.
Rich is the oldest of seven children and has lived most of his life in the Massachusetts 5th Governor's Council District.
Mr. Baker resides with his wife and son in West Newbury, Massachusetts. They attend Byfield Parish Church in Georgetown. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster, Treasurer of the New England Model Engineering Society and a Trustee for the Licensing Executives Society.
The Massachusetts Governor's Council (also known as the Executive Council) is a governmental body that provides advice and consent in certain matters - such as judicial nominations, pardons, and commutations - to the Governor of Massachusetts. Councillors are elected by the general public and their duties are set forth in the Massachusetts Constitution.
The Council generally meets at noon on Wednesdays in its State House Chamber, next to the Governor's Office. Pursuant to the Massachusetts Constitution, the Governor may, in general and at his discretion, from time to time assemble the Council for the ordering and directing the affairs of the commonwealth. In addition, the Governor must seek the advice and consent of the Council with respect to nominations of judicial officers, appointment and removal of notaries public and justices of the peace, issuance of pardons and commutations, and payment of monies from the treasury.
The Council is composed of eight councillors and the governor or lieutenant governor, who presides over the Council. The Massachusetts Constitution specifies that "the governor, and in his absence the lieutenant governor, shall be president of the council, but shall have no vote in council: and the lieutenant governor shall always be a member of the council except when the chair of the governor shall be vacant."
The eight councillors are elected every two years, one each from eight councillor districts. The Governor's Council districts are specially composed. Each district consists of the entirety of five contiguous Massachusetts Senate districts.
The Massachusetts 5th Governor's Council District (also known as the Executive Council) covers the Northeast corner of the Commonwealth, from Pepperell to Rockport, Salisbury to North Reading. The District covers 38 cities and towns including Salem, Peabody, Gloucester, Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, Amesbury and Newburyport. The 5th GC District includes the 1st Essex, 2nd Essex, 1st Middlesex, 1st Essex and Middlesex and 2nd Essex and Middlesex State Senatorial Districts.
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