(NASHVILLE) – The Tennessee Senate approved a resolution on Friday sponsored by Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) recognizing the accomplishments of the late Howard Henry Baker Jr. of Huntsville. Senate Joint Resolution 1 includes highlights of the distinguished Tennessean’s life as a United States Naval officer, attorney, Senate Majority Leader, Chief of Staff for President Ronald Reagan, and Ambassador to Japan.
“He served the state and nation very well and was one of the most significant figures in modern Tennessee politics,” Senator Yager told his colleagues. “He could have chosen any place in the world to live or any group of people to frequent with, but he chose always to go back to his hometown of Huntsville, Tennessee.”
Yager represents Baker’s home county, Scott, in Senate District 12.
The resolution states, “Mr. Baker was an exemplary public servant and consummate professional who worked assiduously to improve the quality of life for his fellow citizens…we honor the memory of Howard Henry Baker Jr., reflecting fondly upon his impeccable character and his stalwart commitment to living the examined life with courage and conviction.”
The resolution also notes Senator Baker’s efforts to protect the natural beauty of the Big South Fork River area.
“There are many of us today who can learn much from the service and life of Senator Howard Baker,” added Yager. “Tennesseans are very fortunate to have benefitted from the courage and conviction of his service. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have known him as a constituent, a mentor and as a friend and am pleased that my colleagues joined me in honoring his life and service.”
Baker is survived by his wife of 18 years, Nancy Landon Kassebaum; his son Darek Baker of Brentwood, TN; his daughter Cynthia (Cissy) Baker of McLean, VA; his daughter-in-law, Karen Baker; his grandchildren, Daniel, Matthew, Timothy, and Samuel; and two sisters, Mary Stuart and Beverly Patestides.