Dan graduated from the University of Virgina in 1988; he has been a resident of Long Beach since 1988. Upon his arrival, Dan was a federal law enforcement officer with the U.S. Customs Service for eleven-years. He served as a Supervisory Customs Inspector at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles working to keep illegal drugs out of the U.S.
For three years, Dan worked as a U.S. Customs officer at night and attended law school during the day. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western State University College of Law and joined the California Bar in 1998. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia.
Dan's concern for the community has also inspired him to become a teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District. He feels his commitment to education and the betterment of his community are the highest purposes he can aspire to, and he is proud to represent the 2nd District. Long Beach City Council members unanimously elected Dan Baker Vice Mayor on July 18, 2000. Dan was re-elected to the City Council on April 7, 2000.
In addition to his duties as Vice Mayor, Dan chairs the State Legislation & Environmental Affairs Committee and is Vice Chair of both the Federal Legislation & Environmental Affairs and the Personnel and Civil Service committees. Dan also chairs the Long Beach Housing Authority, represents Long Beach on the Los Angeles County Sanitation Board, and was appointed to the Defense Retention and Conversion Council by the California State Senate. Dan was most recently appointed to the Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee of the League of California Cities.