Penn Baker, MM1 (SS), is a Vietnam-era veteran who served in the U.S. Navy as a Machinist Mate for seven years onboard Ballistic Missile Submarines. After the Navy, Penn worked in the commercial nuclear industry as a Senior Project Manager deploying large data management systems in North America and overseas. Through the management of those installations Penn learned the value of building large, diverse teams to tackle tough challenges and develop effective processes and solutions. While managing those teams, Penn completed Gender Confirmation Surgery in 2000. Penn and Dorothee celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2020 and look forward to taking a celebratory trip when travel abroad resumes.
Penn is the President of the Bataan Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) and the National Transgender Liaison to AVER. Penn brings years of experience and exceptional management skills to the Caucus and this committee, which is focused on guiding bills important to our veterans and their families through the New Mexico legislature.