HARRISBURG, P.A. (WENY) -- One Northern Tier lawmaker is accepting a presidential appointment. 

State Representative Matt Baker (R) resigned from his post effective Monday, February 19. 

Baker has accepted a position of Regional Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs with the Office of the Secretary of the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Some of his responsibilities include maintaining close contact with federal, state, local and tribal partners and addressing the needs of communities served through the department's many programs.

“To those I have served in the 68th District, I am grateful for your faith in me and will continue to serve you in my new position,” Baker said in a statement
released on his website.  

“I would also like to thank the President and the Secretary of HHS and the White House staff for this opportunity to be of service to my country,” Baker continued. 

The announcement comes a little over a week after Baker announced he would not seek re-election. 

His district covers Potter, Tioga, and Bradford Counties.