James L. Baker joins N.C. Board of Elections


Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby reads the oath of office to James L. Baker on Sept. 18, 2015.

RALEIGH — Former Madison County judge James L. Baker Jr. took his seat today on the N.C. Board of Elections after being sworn into office by N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Baker to the seat in August after Paul Foley resigned.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure fair and honest elections throughout our state,” Baker said in a statement.

Baker served as Superior Court Judge in the 24th Judicial District from 1994 through 2010. In 2012 he was elected to the Madison County Commission. He has also served as an assistant district attorney and as the acting Madison County Manager and was appointed to serve as vice chairman of the North Carolina Innocence Commission.

“Judge Baker’s temperament and depth of experience make him an ideal addition to our board,” Chairman Josh Howard said in a statement.


Baker received his bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College and his law degree from Mercer University.