Baker Earns Another State Senate Term
Republican state Sen. Lisa Baker cruised to victory over Green Party challenger John Sweeney in Tuesday’s general election, according to unofficial vote totals. The win earns Baker a fourth term serving constituents in Pennsylvania’s 20th Senatorial District. Baker garnered nearly 82 percent of the vote with most precincts reporting as of press time. The incumbent captured 57,172 votes to Sweeney’s 12,644. The contest was an expected win for Baker in a district where 54 percent of registered voters are Republican, 34 percent are Democrat and 12 percent are Independent or registered with some other party. “It’s very gratifying to see my friends, neighbors and supporters coming out in force, which I’m obviously humbled and very proud of,” Baker said in a phone interview from her home in Lehman Twp. Baker said her focus over the next four years will include working to improve access to rural healthcare and helping to assist rural hospitals, the Interbranch Commission on Foster Care, continuing a fight to stem the opioid crisis, infrastructure challenges of expanding broadband internet and transportation concerns. Reached at his home in Falls Township, Sweeney conceded that Baker would be reelected, with most precincts reporting. “I wish her well and hope she does a good job. It was good getting out and talking to the voters. a good experience, but not enough to prevail over a senator with a lot of experience and all that goes with power of incumbency,” Sweeney said. Baker first took office in 2007 after defeating Democrat Bob McNamara by a 3-2 margin in a race to replace the retiring Charles Lemmond. She ran unopposed in 2010 and 2014.