State Rep. Baker Honored with Alumni Association's Legislative Award

State Rep. Matt Baker, R-68, received the fourth annual “Friend of Penn State” legislative award at a June 12 ceremony at the Hintz Family Alumni Center for the significant role he has played in the continued improvement of Penn State.

Baker was named the 2009 award recipient by the Legislative Education and Advocacy Committee of Alumni Council, the governing body of the Penn State Alumni Association.

In his ninth term in the state House of Representatives, Baker represents all of Tioga County and western Bradford County.

The award was presented to Baker by Penn State President Graham Spanier. Baker’s efforts on behalf of the University include:

-- Strongly supporting the teaching and research missions of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. As the minority chair of the State Government Committee, Baker helped bring bipartisan support for a legislative amendment in support of the sale of Rockview prison land to Penn State. If the Legislature approves the land sale, it will advance Penn State education and research and provide new recreational opportunities for the area.

-- Working closely with the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center on important rural health issues. Baker helped the Medical Center secure state funding for critical mental health services in rural and underserved areas.

-- Strongly backing the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, a Penn State affiliate.

Spanier said Baker has “clearly shown his genuine concern for people, not only in his district, but in the Commonwealth as a whole. He has demonstrated his deep commitment to education, as an advocate for Penn State and through his service on the board of governors of the State System of Higher Education.”

Baker is the Republican chair of the House Health & Human Services Committee. For a complete bio on Baker, visit www.repbaker.com.

For more information on the Friend of Penn State Award, go to www.alumni.psu.edu/awards, under “individual awards.”

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Last Updated November 18, 2010