The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently featured Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III in its “Profiles in Service”. County Executive Baker discusses what he’s most proud of, biggest accomplishment, what he enjoys to do and what people would be surprised to learn about him.
From “Profiles in Service”:
Number of years active in NACo: 5
Years in public service: 13
Occupation: County executive
Education: Howard University B.A., J.D.
The hardest thing I’ve ever done: Being county executive of Prince George’s County, Md.
Three people (living or dead) I’d invite to dinner: Richard Wright, Malcolm X, Abraham Lincoln.
You’d be surprised to learn that: I delivered my oldest daughter on the shoulder of a highway.
The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is: Running in and completing the 2015 Boston Marathon.
My favorite way to relax is: Reading.
I’m most proud of: Along with my wife, raising three wonderful children into caring, and compassionate young adults.
Every morning I read: The Washington Post.
My favorite meal is: Black beans and rice.
My pet peeve is: People afraid to fail.
My motto is: “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” – Frantz Fanon
The last book I read was: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Champion of Freedom, Conrad Black.
My favorite movie is:Henry V with Kenneth Branagh.
My favorite music is: Classical.
My favorite president is: Lincoln.
My county is a NACo member because: “A rising tide lifts all boats.” We cannot improve Prince George’s County without the partnerships of fellow counties across this nation and knowledge and guidance of best practices of governance that NACo provides.