Baker, Howard H., Jr.

Baker, Howard H. (Henry), Jr.

(1925–  ) U.S. senator; born in Huntsville, Tenn. From a prominent political family, he served in the U.S. Senate (Rep., Tenn.; 1967–87). He won fame in 1973 as the ranking Republican on the Senate committee investigating the Watergate scandal. Senate minority leader (1977–81) and majority leader (1981–85), he served as President Reagan's chief of staff (1987–88), but never realized his own presidential ambitions. He left public office to practice law.
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