#20 on the list of Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians is Rick Baker.
“Other mayors may be better known. After all, St. Petersburg is only the 68th largest city in the U.S. and the fourth-largest in Florida. But Baker did not inherit a city that was already turning around, like many mayors who entered office after the urban renaissance of the 1990s. He did not have billion-dollar budgets or national attention. He did the hard work himself, inspiring a city government and its citizens to aim higher and believe that together they could achieve excellence.” — John Avlon, writer for The Daily Beast
For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel which assembled it, please read here.