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Judge Joel Baker

Judge Joel Baker, a native of Tyler, is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Tyler Junior College, Texas A&M, and South Texas College of Law.  He has practiced law as an assistant district attorney and in private practice and is a member in good standing of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization with a specialization in Juvenile Law.


Judge Baker was first elected County Judge in November 2006 and began his first four-year term of office January 1, 2007. He was re-elected in 2010 and again in 2014 to a term that ends December 31, 2018.  In his administrative role on the Smith County Commissioners Court, Judge Baker has presided over more than 570 sessions of the Court from January 2007 through April 2016.  In his judicial role as county judge, Judge Baker also presides over the County Court of Smith County.  For more information regarding that court, please click here.

Judge Baker contributes to the community through his involvement with several organizations. He is a charter member of Tyler Junior College Public Administration Advisory Board. In addition, he is a member of several local boards and committees, among them Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Tyler Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee, Chief Elected Officials Board/Rural Planning Organization and the Board of Directors of the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG), Smith County Tax Abatement Committee, Smith County Revolving Loan Fund Board of Directors, Tyler Junior College Legal Assistants Advisory Committee, City of Tyler Reinvestment Zone Committee, the City of Lindale Tax Increment Financing Board, and Tyler Pipe Company’s Community Advisory Panel.In addition, he is on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Tyler Economic Development Council (TEDC), the Board of Directors of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Chief Elected Officials’ Board for Workforce Solutions East Texas. In addition to his local involvement, Judge Baker sit on the Texas Association of Counties Core Legislative Group.

Judge Baker and his wife Melanie reside in Tyler and are the proud parents of three children. The Bakers are active members of Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler, where he has served on several church committees. Judge Baker enjoys reading, hunting, camping, do-it-yourself projects, and is an avid history buff. In addition, he is totally fascinated by new advances in technology and is self-educated on any new “gizmo” that is introduced.

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Contact Information:
Smith County Annex Building
200 E. Ferguson, Suite 100
Tyler, Texas 75702

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