Representative Baker was born on May 13, 1962, and has been married for 29 years to the former Lady Collins, an English teacher at Brandon High School. They have one son, Chase, who is a public policy major in the Trent Lott Leadership Institute at the University of Mississippi. The Bakers are members of Lakeside Presbyterian Church.
Mark graduated from the University of Memphis in 1984 (B.A., Criminal Justice) and Mississippi College School of Law in 1987 (J.D., with distinction). He has been an active member of the Mississippi Bar since 1987 and currently engages in private practice in Brandon. He is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in the State of Mississippi, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Rep. Baker has practiced law for over 30 years and has decades of courtroom experience as an attorney in private practice, a prosecutor and judge. He has litigated cases in trial courts throughout the state and has represented numerous clients before Mississippi’s appellate courts.
In addition to practicing law, Representative Baker is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent. He is a former member of the Rankin County Republican Executive Committee and is a member and past president of the Rankin County Bar Association and the Rankin County Rotary Club.
Representative Baker was first elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2004, representing District 74 which currently includes parts of Rankin County and which previously also included parts of Madison County. As Republican Leader from 2007-2011, he coordinated the recruitment, fundraising and campaign efforts which led to a Republican majority in the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2012 for the first time in modern history. Representative Baker is Chairman of the House Judiciary En Banc and Judiciary A Committees and is a member of the Ways and Means, Banking and Finance, Transportation and Investigate State Offices Committees.
Legislative awards and recognitions include the 2012 State Legislative Achievement Award from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, the 2012-2013 Champion for Children Award from Prevent Child Abuse Mississippi, Outstanding Legislator for 2013 by the Mississippi Association of Realtors, 2014 Legislator of the Year by the Mississippi Homebuilders Association, the 2015 Legislative Award from the Mississippi Municipal League, the 2019 MS Top 50 distinction as an elected official, and the 2019 Community Health Center Association of Mississippi’s Legacy Award.
During his time in the legislature, Representative Baker has been endorsed by interest groups such as Mississippi Right to Life and the National Rifle Association and has received highly favorable ratings from various conservative, agriculture, education and pro-business groups such as Americans for Prosperity, the American Conservative Union, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, Empower Mississippi, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC).