John D. Baker, Jr. has extensive family heritage in the maritime industry and with labor, with both his father and brother sharing similar careers. He grew up around the Great Lakes and is a graduate of Mentor High School. John attended college at Akron University and began his career in the industry as a longshoreman in 1981, affiliating with the International Longshoreman’s Association, Local 1317. During the next sixteen years, he worked for a variety of stevedore companies at the Port of Cleveland before transitioning to serve his fellow longshoreman as a representative and advocate.
In 1997 he took on the role of the Secretary Treasurer for the Great Lakes District Council of the ILA. Since that time, he has taken on increasingly significant responsibilities, and wearing multiple hats, has represented labor in key areas. He has served as a Trustee of the Great Lakes pension, health and welfare funds, as Vice President of the Atlantic Coast District of the ILA and subsequently, as the Vice President of the ILA. Since 2008, John has also served as the President of the Great Lakes Council of the ILA.
John is invested in the maritime community in other areas also, serving as a member of the important subcommittee for Homeland Security Maritime Security and the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force. John is a co-founder and member of the Great Lakes Seaway Coalition and is a member of the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee.
John is married and the proud father of three. He and his family reside in the Cleveland, Ohio area.