(THE TENNESSEAN) Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, a Republican who reshaped Tennessee politics and was once thought to be a contender for the presidency, has died, his law firm said Thursday.
Baker, 88, served 18 years in the U.S. Senate. In 1966, he was the first Republican to be popularly elected to the Senate from Tennessee. Baker was also a chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan and a U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
In 1984, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
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