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Thurbert Baker

52nd Georgia Attorney General
Assumed office 
June 1, 1997
Governor Zell Miller (1997-1999)
Roy Barnes (1999-2003)
Sonny Perdue (2003-present)
Preceded by Mike Bowers

Born 1952
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Catherine Baker
Alma mater Emory University School of Law (J.D.)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.)
Religion Baptist

Thurbert E. Baker (born 1952) is the Attorney General of the state of Georgia, United States, serving since 1997, when he was appointed by Governor Zell Miller.[1]

Baker has been elected to his position three times[1] as a Democrat, most recently winning the 2006 general election against Republican Perry McGuire, a former State Senator and corporate counsel for Chick-fil-A, 57.2% to 42.8%. Baker carried 122 of Georgia's 159 counties, and he received more votes and a higher percentage than any other Georgia Democrat running statewide in 2006.



Baker served in the Georgia House of Representatives (1989 to 1997), and from 1993 until his appointment as Attorney General, he was the Miller Administration's House Floor Leader. During his legislative tenure, Baker sponsored several pieces of significant legislation, including the HOPE Scholarship and the "Two Strikes and You're Out" law that puts the worst repeat violent felons in prison for life without parole.

Attorney General

Baker served as the President of the National Association of Attorneys General from 2006 to 2007. As Attorney General, Baker has focused on initiatives to fight crime and fraud, including stronger laws against sexual predators who use the Internet to target children, a new law against financial identity theft, and stronger laws against residential mortgage fraud. He has also advocated for the abolition of parole for persons convicted of violent crimes, which the Georgia General Assembly has not enacted.

In 2003, Baker and Governor Sonny Perdue clashed in court, with both claiming the right to control the state's legal affairs. The controversy arose when Perdue ordered Baker to drop an appeal of a case involving a legal challenge to a legislative redistricting map drawn by a Democratic legislative majority and signed into law by Perdue's Democratic predecessor, Roy Barnes. When Baker refused to drop the appeal, Perdue sued him. The Supreme Court of Georgia ultimately sided with Baker, ruling 5-2 that the Attorney General, as an elected constitutional officer, is independent of the Governor and has the power to control the state government's legal affairs.

2010 Campaign

Baker filed paperwork in 2009 to become a candidate in the 2010 Georgia gubernatorial election.[1]



Baker was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 1952. He grew up in Rocky Mount with Mike Easley, the former Governor and former Attorney General of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, the current Attorney General of North Carolina, and Gregory O. Griffin, the current Chief Legal Counsel for the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.

While attending the University of North Carolina, Baker was on the fencing team, and won the 1975 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) individual sabre championship. In 2002, the ACC recognized Baker as one of the best fencers in its history, naming him to its fiftieth anniversary fencing team. Baker is married, and he and his wife Catherine have two daughters. Baker resides in Stone Mountain, and he is a practicing Baptist. Baker is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.


  1. ^ a b c Kapochunas, Rachel (2009-04-02). "Georgia Attorney General Joins Race for Governor". Congressional Quarterly. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 

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Preceded by
Mike Bowers
Georgia Attorney General
Succeeded by


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