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January 2018

New Addition To The Baker Family

Say hello to Bryce Alan Baker who made his way into the world on December 9, 2017, at 6.5 pounds and 20 inches. Carson and Katie are doing well, and Gary and I could not be prouder. We appreciate all of your kind wishes.

Statewide Disaster Declaration on Drug Epidemic

Governor Wolf recently issued a statewide disaster declaration on the heroin and opioid abuse crisis that is impacting every county across Pennsylvania. I believe the deadly extent and depth of the opioid crisis demands extraordinary actions. As the announced mobilization of state resources moves forward, it is clear that developing the full range of reforms, responses, and remedies necessary will need the input and participation of more than just officials in Harrisburg.

In the Senate, the starting steps we have put into place have been collaborative and community-inspired. Many worthy recommendations for action have and will continue to emerge from the community – local officials, emergency responders, health care workers, addictions professionals, and many others.

That seems the most promising approach to the sort of intensive intervention envisioned here, so we are hopeful the administration is committed to the same broad advocacy effort involving the community, and working in concert with legislators.

Baker Takes Views and Concerns To The White House

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Ivanka Trump, an advisor to the president, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Linda McMahon, who heads the Small Business Administration, listen as Sen. Baker asks a question during the White House Empowering Women Symposium.

Sen. Baker had the chance to meet and discuss issues with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma while in Washington.

Standing with the flags displayed in the Vice President’s ceremonial office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

This month, I had the chance to take our views and concerns to the White House after being invited to a policy forum involving top women serving in the Trump administration.

The White House Empowering Women Symposium provided an opportunity to learn about several of the president’s initiatives and examine some national issues with significant state and local impacts.

Joining other select female officials and business owners in a jobs and economy panel moderated by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, questions were posed to Ivanka Trump, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Linda McMahon, who heads the Small Business Administration.

They seem very committed to moving legislation that will help our area, from investing in infrastructure to combating the opioid crisis to better matching graduates and workers with good jobs.

During a brief stop, President Trump thanked participants for their input stating, “Women are half the population, but care about 100 percent of the issues.”

There was a clear understanding that Washington does not have all the answers. And a recognition that the federal government can help pave the way to productive action by engaging states and local communities.

As the chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, meeting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma was also a highlight.

We had a positive discussion about how Pennsylvanians can benefit from changes being made at the federal level. I am looking forward to hearing more of her ideas.

Hopefully the dialogue will continue.

I was glad to be part of this conversation. Any opportunity to learn from other female leaders and make connections that could prove helpful in problem-solving is productive for everyone.

Click here to see video of the forum.

Looking Back On A Busy 2017

As we welcome another year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2017 and celebrate some of the people and happenings in the 20th Senatorial District. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and deeply appreciative of the chance to make a difference for the families and communities in our area. Click the photo below to open the 2017 Photo Slideshow.


Offices of Senator Lisa Baker

Harrisburg Office
362 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717-787-7428
FAX: 717-787-9242
M-F: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Western District Office

22 Dallas Shopping Center
Memorial Highway
Dallas, PA 18612
Phone: 570-675-3931
FAX: 570-674-5037
M-F: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Eastern District Office

2512 Route 6
Hawley, PA 18428
Phone: 570-226-5960
FAX: 570-226-5964
M-F: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM