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Newsmaker: Jamie Baxter

| Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
Jamie BaxterNoteworthy: Baxter helped organize and lead the Committee for Education Funding’s 2012 Legislative Conference and Gala. Baxter met with key contributors to the nation’s education dialogue, including members of Congress and staff, education advocates, advisors to President Barack Obama’s and Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaigns, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Alan B. Kruegar, chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors and others.Age: 31Residence: Downtown PittsburghFamily: Husband, Rob.Occupation: Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s director of Legislative Policy and Advocacy.Education: Bachelor’s degrees in women’s studies and political science in 2003 from West Virginia University.Background: Formerly an education lobbyist for the Association for Career and Technical Education in Alexandria, Va., and the Federal Trio outreach programs in Washington D.C. She also serves as the president of the Committee for Education Funding.Quote: Every student has the right to a quality, well-rounded education. The best way to ensure our nation remains strong and competitive in a global economy is to invest in that education. As a representative of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, I was able to provide a local perspective on how decisions in Washington impact our school districts. Members of Congress and the administration officials are sympathetic to our funding struggles and are eager to work with us to secure adequate funding for public education.”

Noteworthy: Baxter helped organize and lead the Committee for Education Funding's 2012 Legislative Conference and Gala on Oct. 2 in Washington. She met with key contributors to the nation's education dialogue, including members of Congress and staff, education advocates and advisers to President Obama's and Gov. Mitt Romney's campaigns.

Age: 31

Residence: Downtown

Family: Husband, Rob

Occupation: Allegheny Intermediate Unit's director of Legislative Policy and Advocacy

Background: Formerly an education lobbyist for the Association for Career and Technical Education in Alexandria, Va., and the Federal Trio outreach programs in Washington. She also serves as the president of the Committee for Education Funding.

Education: Bachelor's degrees in women's studies and political science, West Virginia University, 2003

Quote: “Every student has the right to a quality, well-rounded education. The best way to ensure our nation remains strong and competitive in a global economy is to invest in that education. As a representative of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, I was able to provide a local perspective on how decisions in Washington impact our school districts.”

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