Meet Greg

 

Greg is a farmer and a small businessman from Northwest Florida who currently serves Florida Senate District 2, which includes parts of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington and Bay Counties. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 2010. Greg was previously elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2001 to represent Florida House District 1  and was subsequently re-elected.

As a State Representative and Senator, Greg has put his experience in agriculture and business to good use in the Florida Legislature and is proud of his legislative accomplishments on behalf of Florida's critical agriculture industry, economic development, job creation and Second Amendment issues.

Most recently, he sponsored and passed legislation enabling Florida farmers to transport their farm equipment from field to field without the burden of additional government permits or fees; legislation creating tax incentives that enabled the Jay Oil Field to reopen, restoring numerous Northwest Florida jobs; and legislation protecting the right of law-abiding citizens in Florida to have legal firearms secured in their automobiles in public parking lots.

Greg has never been, and will never be, a professional politician. He has always been a citizen first, a farmer second and a politician last. A 1973 graduate of Jay High School in Santa Rosa County, Greg followed in the footsteps of his parents and those of their parents and grandparents with farming, taking over his parents' business, Baker Farm Center. He continues to operate Baker Farm Center and his farming has grown to include peanuts, soybeans, cotton, wheat and strawberries.

Greg is a proud father of two grown daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer, and one son, Rob, who is currently a junior at Baker School in Okaloosa County. He is also relishing his role as a grandfather "Paw-Paw" to Alli, age 5, and Rex, age 2. Greg's family was recognized as Okaloosa Farm Family of the Year of 1998.

Greg has been a lifelong member of the Southern Baptist Church and continues to be devoted to growing in his relationship with God and following his guidance to serve and help the citizens of District 2.

 

Legislative Accomplishments

Greg has been an effective leader since elected on October 16, 2001:

  • Chairman, Florida House Roads, Bridges & Ports Committee (2009-Present)
  • Vice-Chairman, Florida House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations (2009-Present)
  • Chairman, Florida Legislature Join Administrative Rules Committee (2007-2008)
  • Vice-Chairman, House Committee on Military & Veteran Affairs (2006-2008)
  • Vice-Chairman, House Committee on Infrastructure (2004-2006)
  • Sponsored and passed the bill placing, "In God We Trust" in Florida Statutes as the official state motto. (Laws of Florida 2006-282)
  • Sponsored and passed bill eliminating unnecessary government regulations and fees for transport of farm equipment. (Laws of Florida 2008-236)
  • Sponsored and passed the strongest military base land use protection bill in Florida history. (Laws of Florida 2004-230)
  • Sponsored and passed a bill helping military spouses more easily conduct family business when their loved ones are deployed overseas or stationed out-of state. (Laws of Florida 2007-49)
  • Sponsored and passed legislation supporting the NRA and our 2nd Amendment rights of self-protection in our vehicles. (Laws of Florida 2008-7)
  • Initiated and played key role in passing legislation requiring insurance companies to support rate increase requests with sworn testimony. (Laws of Florida 2007-1, section 18)
  • Amended 2006 property insurance reform bill to require property insurance companies to compensate insurance customers for the full replacement costs of items lost in a storm.
  • Served on 2005-06 Select Committee on Private Property Rights and working as primary co-author of most comprehensive eminent domain protection package passed in history of Florida to prevent governmental taking of private property except in matters of actual public necessity and only after payment of just compensation.
  • Sponsored and passed in 2005 the most comprehensive state law to combat methamphetamine in the country which effectively armed law enforcement with the ability to investigate, prosecute and shut down crystal methamphetamine labs and required comprehensive clean-up of lab sites to empower citizens in taking back their communities. (Laws of Florida 2005-128)
  • Securing state funding that enabled Baker Block Museum to purchase the property upon which it sits.
  • Architect & engineer of State Boating Office with charge of balancing interests of wildlife, recreational and professional water craft industry.
  • Increasing civic participation of hunters and fishermen by requiring locations where hunting and fishing licenses are sold in the state to also offer voter's registration forms. (Laws of Florida 2006-95)