David Baria was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Jackson County. After growing up in Escatawpa and graduating from Moss Point High School, he earned a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi. Later, David obtained his law degree from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1990.
Representative Baria was elected to serve in the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2011 after serving one term in the Mississippi Senate. In 2016, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the House Minority Leader. Additionally, David serves on six different committees: Appropriations, Judiciary A, Judiciary En Banc, Universities and Colleges and Youth and Family Affairs.
David is a Member of Leadership Hancock County, the Mississippi Bar, and he is a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. David is a member of the Board of Directors of United Policyholders, a renowned national advocacy group for insurance consumers, includes. David is also the former Chairman of the National Conference of State Legislators’ Gulf and Atlantic States Task Force.
David married Marcie Fyke of Jackson, and together they are the proud parents of four children: Darden (now deceased), Merritt, Bess, and Max. They live in Waveland and are members of Christ Episcopal Church in Bay St. Louis.
Supported efforts to increase veteran employment by rewarding employers who hire veterans.
Authored a bill to end No Bid Contracts to hold government and our elected officials more accountable.
Fought to fully fund Hancock County schools to help guarantee that our children have access to high quality education.