In D.C., Baker to discuss opioid epidemic

Boston, MA - 1/21/2016 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker greets members of the legislature as he walks through the chambers of the Massachusetts State House after delivering his first State of the Commonwealth speech in Boston, MA, January 21, 2016. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
Governor Charlie Baker.

Governor Charlie Baker will discuss the state’s opioid epidemic with President Obama’s health and human services chief and hold a campaign fund-raiser during a five-day trip to Washington, aides said.

Baker is scheduled to meet Saturday with Health and
Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, during an extended stay in the capital occasioned by a National Governors Association conference.

On Friday morning, Baker will headline a fund-raiser for his political committee, then settle in for a pair of Republican Governors Association meetings. The association kicked in more than $11 million on behalf of Baker’s 2014 campaign.


After an NGA embassy reception Friday night, Baker, who chairs the NGA’s health and human services committee, will meet with Burwell on Saturday. The day brings another RGA event, a brunch, followed by an NGA lunch and then a meeting of the nonpartisan group’s health committee.

Get Metro Headlines in your inbox:
The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

In the evening, Baker and his wife, Lauren, will visit with their sons, aides said.

On Sunday, Baker will attend a meeting of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, of which he is a vice chair, followed by more NGA sessions, then an evening visit to the White House.

After another RGA event Baker is scheduled to head back to Massachusetts on Monday afternoon.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.