June 26, 2014 - The Howard Baker Forum is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Senator Howard H. Baker Jr. Senator Baker, 88 years old, died June 26th following complications following a stroke he suffered on Saturday, June 20th.
Following a distinguished public service career spanning 40 years, Senator Baker rejoined Baker Donelson in 2005, the firm that his grandfather founded and where he formerly practiced with his father, the late U.S. Rep. Howard H. Baker. Senator Baker focused his practice on public policy and international matters. In 2007, he founded The Howard Baker Forum to provide a platform for examining specific, immediate, critical issues affecting the nation's progress at home and its relations abroad. Saturday, June 20th.
“Senator Baker was renowned and honored for his extraordinary ability to cross party lines for the greater good of our country. He was a remarkable conciliator who was respected in Washington like no other and he helped navigate our country through some of our greatest challenges in the past century,” said Scott Campbell, president of the Howard Baker Forum.
Senator Baker was a great statesman who committed his life and career to public service, a stalwart of the Republican party, and a great friend to Japan. He also authored four books: No Margin for Error (1980); Howard Baker's Washington (1982); Big South Fork Country (1993) and Scott's Gulf (2000).
Of Senator Baker's passing, President Barack Obama said:
"Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Howard Baker. Howard was many things over the course of his career – from Senate Majority Leader, to White House Chief of Staff, to Ambassador. Yet, it was his ability to broker compromise and his unofficial role as the “Great Conciliator” that won him admirers across party lines, over multiple generations, and beyond the state he called home. Over an 18-year Senate career, Howard fought for the people of Tennessee and helped lead America through difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Howard’s wife Nancy and the entire Baker family."
Senator Baker is survived by his wife, former U.S. Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum, his son Darek and daughter Cynthia , and four grandsons.
"As a nation, we must never tire of reaching sound policies through bipartisanship, vigorous but honest debate and a healthy respect for the other fellow's point of view. It may seem old fashioned in today's acrid political atmosphere, but it is exactly what the American people expect of their leaders."
- Howard H. Baker, Jr.
Senator Baker and Ambassador Ryozo Kato, after Senator Baker received The Order of the Paulownia Flowers in 2008.