Howard H. Baker, Jr., is senior counsel to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. Senator Baker’s return to the firm followed his service as 26th U.S. ambassador to Japan. His public-service career began in 1966, when Senator Baker became the first Republican popularly elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee. He gained national recognition in 1973 as vice chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee. Three years later, he was a 1980 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He concluded his Senate career in 1985 after two terms as minority leader (1977 to 1981) and two terms as majority leader (1981 to 1985). He was President Reagan’s chief of staff from February 1987 to July 1988.
A delegate to the United Nations in 1976, Senator Baker has extensive foreign policy experience. He served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Board from 1985 to 1987 and from 1988 to 1990, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs.
Among his many awards are the 1984 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Performed by an Elected or Appointed Official, which he received in 1982. Senator Baker is the author of four books: No Margin for Error; Howard Baker’s Washington; Big South Fork Country; and Scott’s Gulf.
Senator Baker attended both Tulane University and University of the South before graduating from the University of Tennessee Law College in 1949.