March 27, 2001 |
President Bush named former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. to be ambassador to Japan, saying he was proud to tap "a true statesman" for the important diplomatic post. Baker would replace former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley. "Howard Baker will represent our country with honor and distinction," Bush said in a statement. Baker, 75, made an unsuccessful run for the White House in 1980. He served 18 years in the Senate, four of them as majority leader, and became chief of staff to former President Reagan in 1987.
November 7, 1996 |
For the man who asked the pointed question during the Senate Watergate hearings--"What did the president know and when did he know it?"--could his focus on romance be any less laser-like? After all, when you are former Tennessee Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. interested in dating outgoing Kansas Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, you don't just take a deep breath, dial her up and hope she'll go out with you.
October 26, 1996 |
Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-Kan.) confirmed Friday that she will marry former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. Kassebaum said she will wait until after the Nov. 5 election to announce the wedding date. Kassebaum, 64, did not seek reelection this year and will complete her third six-year term in January. Baker, 70, also served 18 years in the Senate as a Republican from Tennessee, ending as Senate majority leader in 1985, and was briefly White House chief of staff for Ronald Reagan.
July 27, 1990
Howard Wilson Baker, a California-oriented poet known for his elaborate stanza forms and frequent use of Greek imagery, has died in Porterville, Calif. His wife and collaborator, Virginia Baker, said he was 85 when he died of cancer Wednesday at Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville.
September 15, 1989
An angry Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said a new book on Robert H. Bork's ill-fated Supreme Court nomination incorrectly states Rehnquist broke a promise to keep Justice Lewis F. Powell's impending retirement a secret. In the book, "Battle for Justice," author Ethan Bronner says Powell told Rehnquist on June 25, 1987, that he would announce his retirement the following day and asked for "a solemn promise" to keep it a secret overnight.
January 12, 1989 |
Former White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr. and Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. ended talks on Baker taking a senior position at the investment firm, apparently after Drexel's enthusiasm for the idea had cooled. The possibility of Baker taking the chairmanship or some other high-level position at Drexel ended Tuesday after the former U.S. senator had a 45-minute meeting in Washington with Frederick H. Joseph, Drexel's chief executive, one source said.