Frank Baker was elected to the Boston City Council on November 8, 2011. Due to the redistricting process that took place this year, as of January 2014 his new district will include most of Dorchester and portions of Mattapan, Roxbury, South Boston, and the South End.
Councilor Baker is proud to be a lifelong resident of Dorchester. He grew up in the Saint Margaret's Parish (now Blessed Mother Teresa) area of Dorchester and currently owns a home in Savin Hill with his wife, Today Elaine and their 6-year-old twins, Ben and Maxine. Frank is the twelfth child of John and Eileen Baker's thirteen children. He graduated from Don Bosco Technical High School in 1986 where he studied the printing trade. At age 17 Frank worked as a custodian in City Hall, and from 1987 until 2010, he worked for the City of Boston Printing Department, before it was dismantled. Currently, Councilor Baker is a member of the CWA/Boston Typographical Union, Local 13 and served as a Shop Steward from 2000 until 2010.
Councilor Baker has been actively involved in politics his entire adult life and is a dedicated member of the Dorchester community. Frank brings his passion for his community and a strong independent voice to City Hall. His priorities include Education, Public Safety, Substance Abuse Services, Housing, and Economic Development.
Councilor Baker is working hard to make a difference in District 3 every day. While in his first term, Councilor Baker has worked on numerous quality of life issues impacting our community, including the proposal of numerous traffic calming measures throughout District 3, the ongoing enactment of a 24-hour substance abuse helpline through the Boston Public Health Commission, the implementation of a drug drop-off box program at police stations throughout the city, the development of a substance abuse diversion program in District 3 for young adults, working with the Boston Police Department to address Human Trafficking along Dorchester Avenue and crime in and around our MBTA stations, and ongoing discussions surrounding the future of vocational education, our student assignment process and the structure of our school committee here in the City of Boston. In additional to these initiatives, Councilor Baker was happy to support an ordinance strengthening our laws around panhandling in the City of Boston and also supports legislation on the state level providing the city with more tools to address blighted properties in our neighborhoods.
Councilor Baker currently serves as Chair of the City Council’s Post Audit & Oversight Committee. He is also Vice Chair of the Committee on Global Opportunities and Innovation and Technology and is a member of the Committees on Economic Development and Planning, Environment and Human Rights, Housing, Public Safety, and Rules and Administration.