Texas Senate Confirms Commissioner Toby Baker
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Today, the Texas Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of Toby Baker of Austin to serve as a Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Comm. Baker has been serving in that capacity since his appointment by Governor Rick Perry on April 16, 2012. His term will expire on Aug. 31, 2017.
“I am honored and humbled by the Senate’s support for my appointment,” said Baker. “When Governor Perry asked me to serve in this capacity I was excited about an opportunity to serve this great state, in a policy area about which I care deeply. Over the next four years, I will work for all Texans to offer responsible stewardship of our environment in a way that also promotes our vibrant Texas economy.”
Since his appointment, Commissioner Baker also serves as the Governor’s designee to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, the Coastal Land Advisory Board, and the state’s representative to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. Baker was most recently a policy and budget advisor on energy, natural resources, and agriculture issues for the Governor’s Office, where he was also the liaison between the office and members of the Legislature, constituents, the Railroad Commission of Texas, the TCEQ, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Texas Animal Health Commission, and the General Land Office. He is a past natural resource policy advisor to Sen. Craig Estes, and the former director and clerk of the Texas Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs, and Coastal Resources.
Baker received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, and a Master of Public Service and Administration from the Texas A&M George Bush School of Government and Public Service. He is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.
He is married and has two sons.