Profile

Roz Baker has represented the people of Maui County in the Hawai’i State Legislature for almost 20 years, serving in a variety of leadership positions. She currently represents residents of South and West Maui (reapportioned as Hawai’i’s new 6th District) and is Chair of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee.

Roz has been a long-time advocate for issues that affect the quality of life for the average person including:

  • Access to health care
  • Quality public education
  • Equity in the workplace
  • Equal rights for all

She also has special interest in community issues such as:

  • Prevention of domestic violence and sex assault
  • Care for elders
  • Sustainable economic development focusing on green industries
  • Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers including renewable energy
  • Preservation of Hawai’i’s natural resources and host culture

For more on Sen. Baker’s recent legislative accomplishments, see:

  • Fighting for distressed homeowners
  • Advancing health policies
  • Protecting the consumer

State Senate Committees: 2009-2012

  • Commerce and Consumer Protection
  • Economic Development and Technology
  • Health
  • Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs

Besides her work on State legislative committees, Roz has also served on several national committees addressing “access to care” issues including the Subcommittee on Pediatric Emergency Care of the Institute for Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the US Health System that issued its report in 2006.

She was the co-chair of the SCR 117 Task Force that reviewed overcrowding at Hawai’i State Hospital and related forensic and mental health issues and has been a member of the Joint Legislative Task Force on Long Term Care-Giving.

As a cancer survivor, Roz has been a longtime volunteer, currently serving as the Chair of Board of Directors for American Cancer Society Hawai’i Pacific. She was recently recognized by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for her advocacy and legislative work in prevention, cancer control and related issues on behalf of cancer patients.

In a prior life

Prior to moving to Hawai’i in 1980, Roz was a lobbyist for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C.

She graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University at San Marcos) with a BA in political science and speech and a secondary teaching certificate and post-graduate studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. (now University of Louisiana Lafayette)