Former TN Senator Howard Baker dead at 88

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander confirmed the death of former Tennessee Senator Howard Baker.

Baker was a Senator from 1967 to 1985 and held the seat of Senate Majority Leader from 1981-1985.

Baker was born in Huntsville, Tennessee in 1925.

Baker was White House chief of staff at the end of the Reagan administration and served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2001-2005.

In 1980, Baker ran for the Republican presidential nomination.

Most recently Baker was a Senior Counsel to the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.

His question at the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings — “What did the president know and when did he know it?” — became famous. It instantly focused the nation’s attention on the cover-up that — more than the Watergate break-in itself — eventually brought down Nixon’s presidency.

TNGOP Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement about the loss of Senator Baker:

“His legacy will always be bigger than the Party. He was more than just a legend in Tennessee—he was a titan in American politics. Senator Baker will be missed.”

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