Former East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker is joining the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

Baker, who served the Tri-Valley and parts of Contra Costa County in the 16th Assembly District for two terms, was named to the FPPC by California state Controller Betty Yee.

Catharine Baker

After losing re-election in 2018, Baker has kept a low profile. However, she contemplated a run for the open Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 1 seat earlier this year.

Her election to Assembly in 2014 represented the first time a Bay Area Republican had won a state Legislature seat in six years.

The FPPC is mostly out of the political spotlight, except during election years when the propriety of campaign fundraising and expenditures come into great scrutiny.