Howard Baker

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Howard Baker
26th United States Ambassador to Japan
In office
July 5, 2001 – February 17, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Tom Foley
Succeeded by Tom Schieffer
12th White House Chief of Staff
In office
February 27, 1987 – July 3, 1988
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Donald Regan
Succeeded by Kenneth Duberstein
Majority Leader of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1985
Deputy Ted Stevens
Preceded by Robert Byrd
Succeeded by Bob Dole
Minority Leader of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1981
Deputy Ted Stevens
Preceded by Hugh Scott
Succeeded by Robert Byrd
United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1985
Preceded by Ross Bass
Succeeded by Al Gore
Personal details
Born Howard Henry Baker, Jr.
November 15, 1925(1925-11-15)
Huntsville, Tennessee, U.S.
Died June 26, 2014(2014-06-26) (aged 88)
Huntsville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joy Dirksen (Deceased 1993)
Nancy Kassebaum (1996–2014)
Alma mater Tulane University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Religion Presbyterianism
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy (alternate).svg United States Navy
Years of service 1943–1946
Battles/wars World War II

Howard Henry Baker, Jr. (November 15, 1925 - June 26, 2014) was a Senate Majority Leader, Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee, White House Chief of Staff, and a former United States Ambassador to Japan. He worked as a lobbyist and adviser at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.[1]

Baker died on June 26, 2014 at the age of 88 from complications of a stroke he suffered the week prior. He died in his native Huntsville, Tennessee, with his wife, Nancy, by his side.[2][3]

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