Q & A with Rep. Paul Baumbach

Hometown: Bel Air, Maryland
Representative District: 23

Born: April 11, 1962
Affiliations: Newark Housing Authority (past board member), Progressive Democrats for Delaware (past president), Equality Delaware (past treasurer), National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), Registered Financial Advisor  with NAPFA

Why did you run for office?

When Terry Schooley announced her retirement, I decided that my years of helping improve our community through citizen involvement at the city, county, state and national level would serve the 23rd District well. I felt that my combined business and nonprofit experience enabled me to be very effective serving constituents, drafting and promoting legislation, setting policy and working with my colleagues. My parents raised me to avoid complaining about things and instead to work towards the improvement you seek.

What is your favorite part of being an elected official?

I love how responsive people are to our state representatives. When a resident contacts me with a problem, I first identify what department is responsible for helping. Then, when I call on behalf of the resident, it is always so great to see how quickly we are able to have their concern addressed. It makes such a difference to people - knowing that they matter - and it’s an honor to know I can help get answers for them.

What is your proudest accomplishment as a legislator?

Working with homeowners and legislators to get the Rent Justification Law enacted for residents of manufactured home communities. This effort had failed for almost 20 years, and therefore I knew I had an uphill battle when I was named chair of the House Manufactured Housing Committee, but with hard work we were able to arrive at a solution.

What was your first job?

As a kid, my first job was working maintenance at a day camp; mowing lawns, cleaning bathrooms, repairing broken window panes, cleaning the pool. After college, my first job was as a systems programmer for Burroughs, later Unisys Corporation in Chester County.