Meet Tim Baker – one of the “30 under 30” rising stars in Florida politics

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Tim Baker has been called a ‘full-spectrum warrior’ by those that know him best because of his blend of ruthless campaign strategy/tactics, communications and policy acumen, as well as his ability to infuse an encyclopedic knowledge of election law in everything he does, explains Brian Hughes.

Baker, an attorney and junior partner in GOP consulting firm Data Targeting, cut his teeth in California politics before he moved to Florida to pursue his law degree at Florida State. He quickly went to work in the legal departments of the RPOF and Senate President Jeff Atwater’s office. He emerged as a go-to operative in managing Lizbeth Benacquisto’s improbable victory in 2010, flipping the majority Palm Beach based seat from blue to red.

Baker is known as a top opposition researcher for GOP campaigns and committees across the country and more recently he has emerged as a sought after general consultant, leading decisive victories by Congressman Ron DeSantis and Mike Hill in House District 2.

Here is Tim in his own words.

I am 30 years-young.

I live in Tallahassee … Am from San Francisco Bay Area, CA …. I went to undergrad at the University of Arizona and got my law degree from Florida State.

I hope to visit soon enough… promised my wife I’d take her to Italy.

I entered politics because… it’s in my blood (from an old California political family) and I wanted to make a positive impact on the community.

One principle I always put above politics is… show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.

Person or people who gave me my first shot: Got my start with the California Republican Party, but in Florida it was CFO Atwater (when he was Senate President) and then-councilwoman (now Senate Majority Leader) Lizbeth Benacquisto.

I’ve already worked for/on: Too many to mention, from candidates at all levels to IEs and national committees, but Sen. Benacquisto and soon to be Rep. Mike Hill rank up there as two of my favorites. Most proud of recently guiding Congressman Ron DeSantis and Mike Hill through very crowded GOP Primaries.

When I begin a project or first work on a campaign, I look for… good people = good public policy. I want to know I am helping elect a good person most of all.

I’ve been blessed to have these people as my mentors: My late Grandfather (Ned), my parents and my business partner Pat Bainter.

The people I most admire in politics are: My incredible team at Data Targeting who make work a joy and give me supreme confidence when heading into battle.

One lesson I’ve already learned is… I learned in the Marine Corps to never never never give up… loyalty is also key.

If I wasn’t working in politics, I’d be working in… I’d be focused on my law practice full-time (instead of part-time), but I specialize in election law so I wouldn’t be out of politics (I’m sick and need help).

In ten years, you’ll read about me… hopefully still electing good people who promote good public policy.

You can connect with me via: I actually have no social media, so shoot me an email at: [email protected] 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.