Powerful Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Dies
Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker has died, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the Senate floor on Thursday.
Baker, a longtime senator from Tennessee who also served as chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan from 1987 to 1988, was 88 years old.
In 1973, Baker rose to national prominence as the vice chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee. He famously asked during the proceedings “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”
Later in his career, he was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan under President George W. Bush.
In 1981, Baker received the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.
Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1984.
Order of the Paulownia Flowers, 2008 (Japan).
Howard H. Baker Highway, Scott County, Tennessee.