I grew up in a family that was living the classic American dream. My father was one of the millions of boys who left their homes to save Europe from the Nazis and within weeks of signing up for service, he was in a Corsair fighter plane engaging in combat over the South Pacific. Like most veterans, he attending college on the GI bill -- USC in his case – got his degree and met my mother while teaching in Bakersfield. They got married and eventually settled in San Diego with Dad serving another stint in the Marine Corp when the Korean War broke out.
After a few years selling the first generation of computers with IBM, my father started his own real estate development company. I was raised on a street in Point Loma that had 60 kids on it and was blessed with a great boyhood. I attended Pepperdine in 1975, playing both Water Polo and club ice hockey and was involved with starting a fraternity called Phi Zeta Chi.
I graduated from Pepperdine in 1979 with a major in both Journalism and Public Relations. The school was an easy choice for me as my family goes way back with the history of this great institution. My father, Charles Baldwin, served on the Pepperdine Board of Regents in the 70’s and my mother, Estelle, graduated from the Pepperdine campus in Los Angeles.
My Post College Years – The Reagan Revolution
After graduating from Pepperdine in December of 1979, I went off to Washington to help organize College Republicans for Ronald Reagan. The Reagan Revolution was in full swing by this time and thousands of college kids were becoming active in the GOP as a result. My job was to turn them into activists and to educate them about conservative philosophy. I taught students how to start alternative conservative newspapers, challenge their liberal professors, and engage in street theatre as a way of educating others.
After a few years with the College Republicans, I was asked by a group of prominent Young Americans for Freedom alumni, including William F. Buckley, to take over YAF as it was on the verge of collapse. I agreed to serve for one term as executive director of this historic group and I brought the organization back to life but shortly after I left a year later, it fell apart once again.
During this time period I also raised funds for the Nicaraguan resistance fighting a Soviet-back Sandinista regime in that country. The Democrats had decided to collaborate with the communists by cutting off congressional funding so I along with many others raised private funds to keep the resistance alive. We were successful, and for the first time in Cold War history, the Soviet empire had a setback when pressure brought to bear on the Sandinistas by the resistance resulted in the Sandinistas agreeing to free elections. And they lost.
Running for Office
I returned to San Diego and ran for a 77th State Assembly District in 1988 against a Democrat incumbent. I lost but shortly thereafter, I met my wonderful wife Patti and we married in 1989. I ran again for the same assembly seat in 1992. That race was very close but I lost that one as well.
During this time period I worked as a political consultant, helping numerous conservatives win races as all levels of government. By 1994 I decided to run again after it became clear that the incumbent who defeated me two years earlier – who was portrayed by the media as a model citizen -- was in fact in constant trouble with the law.
Serving as Chairman of the Education Committee
I won that race and just a few months later became the Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee. From that position, I led the charge on some monumental education reforms such as creating a state wide assessment test, creating state-wide academic standards, and a return of phonic instruction for the lower grades. I believe I was the first conservative to chair that committee in at least 40 years. Despite the best efforts of the unions, I won all my reelections by landslides. Over the course of six years in the legislature, I amassed a perfect record on pro-family issues, taxpayer issues, business issues, and constitutional issues such as the 2nd amendment. Needless to say, the left hated me and I often received threats.
The Council for National Policy
After my Assembly term was up in 2000, I took a job as Executive Director of the Council for National Policy, America’s leading networking group for conservative political leaders. This position gave me the opportunity to work with just about every major conservative leader in the country.
In December of 2008 I resigned my position with CNP and decided to return to San Diego where I am now spending most of my time working on various writing projects such as my third book. I had previously published a book about how the American left collaborated with the Soviet Union to manipulate public opinion during the Cold War years. This book was called The Revolution Lobby. More recently I published From Crayons to Condoms, a critique of our public school system. This book was #1 in the “political books” category on Amazon for a few weeks.
I also write articles for various magazines, newspapers and blogs and have appeared on radio and television shows such as Hannity and Colmes. I’m a senior fellow with the Western Center for Journalism where I write investigative pieces on the Obama regime, focusing on how he is threatening our basic liberties.
I’ve been married 20 years and have four boys. We currently live in San Diego area and worship at an evangelical church in Santee. My four boys are avid inline and ice hockey players and a few years ago I had the honor of coaching the national U14 and U12 roller hockey teams for the Jr. Olympic Committee.