About Governor Baker

Since his election as the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts in 2014, Charlie Baker has been committed to delivering bipartisan, commonsense, results-oriented leadership that has made the Commonwealth’s economy, communities, schools and families stronger than ever.

In 2018, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito are asking the people of Massachusetts for four more years to continue the Commonwealth’s forward growth and momentum.

Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and their team on Beacon Hill are working hard to restore taxpayers’ and local leaders’ faith and trust in a government that works harder, smarter and more efficiently to support the people of Massachusetts, holding the line on new taxes and delivering tax relief for working families and small businesses.

Today, the Commonwealth leads the nation in educational achievement, supported by historic investments in public education, local aid, and skill-building to strengthen a highly talented workforce. In Massachusetts, over 180,000 new jobs have been created in the last three years, the number of people working is at an all-time high and incomes are on the rise across the board.

Governor Baker has been recognized as a national leader in the battle against the opioid epidemic, with nearly every state in the nation embracing Massachusetts’ landmark approach to increasing substance misuse awareness, education, treatment and prevention. 

The Baker-Polito administration has implemented essential reforms at state agencies like the Health Connector, Registry of Motor Vehicles, MBTA and Department of Children and Families, as well as to key initiatives like delivering broadband to Western Massachusetts, in order to provide better service to the people of Massachusetts.

Serving as governor is just the most recent chapter in Charlie’s long and successful career of public and private sector service. After helping to reform and modernize state government as the secretaries for Administration and Finance and for Health and Human Services under Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, Charlie led one of the Commonwealth’s largest health insurers from the brink of bankruptcy to the nation’s highest ranked health insurance company for customer satisfaction for six straight years.

Raised in Needham, Charlie attended Massachusetts public schools and graduated from Harvard College. He met his wife, Lauren, while earning a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. The Bakers settled in Swampscott where they raised their three children, Charlie, AJ and Caroline, and where Charlie served as a local selectman. They have also been involved in numerous civic and charitable endeavors.

Lauren Baker has dedicated her tenure as First Lady to her passion for children by expanding the impact of Wonderfund, a nonprofit supporting positive experiences for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable kids under the care of the state’s Department of Children and Families.