James A. Baker, III has served in senior government positions under three United States Presidents. He served as the nation's 61st Secretary of State from January 1989 through August 1992 under President George Bush. During his tenure at the State Department, Mr. Baker traveled to 90 foreign countries as the United States confronted the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the post Cold War era. In 1995, Mr. Baker published The Politics of Diplomacy, his reflections on those years of revolution, war and peace.
Mr. Baker served as the 67th Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. As Treasury Secretary, he was also Chairman of the President's Economic Policy Council. From 1981 to 1985, he served as White House Chief of Staff to President Reagan. Mr. Baker's record of public service began in 1975 as Under Secretary of Commerce to President Gerald Ford. It concluded with his service as White House Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to President Bush from August 1992 to January 1993.
Long active in American presidential politics, Mr. Baker led presidential campaigns for Presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush over the course of five consecutive presidential elections from 1976 to 1992.
A native Houstonian, Mr. Baker graduated from Princeton University in 1952. After two years of active duty as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, he entered the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. He received his J.D. with honors in 1957, and practiced law with the Houston firm of Andrews and Kurth from 1957 to 1975.
Mr. Baker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and has been the recipient of many other awards for distinguished public service, including Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson Award, The American Institute for Public Service's Jefferson Award, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Award, The Hans J. Morgenthau Award, The George F. Kennan Award, the Department of the Treasury's Alexander Hamilton Award, the Department of State's Distinguished Service Award, and numerous honorary academic degrees.
Mr. Baker is presently a senior partner in the law firm of Baker Botts. He is Honorary Chairman of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and serves on the board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Baker served as the Personal Envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to seek a political solution to the conflict over Western Sahara. In 2003, Mr. Baker was appointed Special Presidential Envoy for President George W. Bush on the issue of Iraqi debt.
Mr. Baker was born in Houston, Texas in 1930. He and his wife, the former Susan Garrett, currently reside in Houston, and have eight children and seventeen grandchildren.more » « less
|Henry A Kissinger||United States - Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, US Department of State, Foreign Policy Association, Gerald R Ford Foundation, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Atlantic Council|
|Brent Scowcroft||George Bush Presidential Library Board of Trustees, United States - Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic Council, Gerald R Ford Foundation|
|Madeleine K Albright||Foreign Policy Association, Eurasia Foundation, US Department of State, Atlantic Council|
|William S Farish III||Texas Heart Institute, US Department of State, George Bush Presidential Library Board of Trustees, Rice University|
|John C Whitehead||Foreign Policy Association, US Department of State, Atlantic Council, Partnership for Public Service|
|Charles O Rossotti||Carlyle Group, Partnership for Public Service, Atlantic Council|
|Stuart E Eizenstat||Partnership for Public Service, Atlantic Council, US Department of State|
|Steven L Miller||University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Greater Houston Partnership, Rice University|
|George P Shultz||US Department of State, Foreign Policy Association, Atlantic Council|
|Colin L Powell||US Department of State, Atlantic Council, Foreign Policy Association|
|Frank Charles Carlucci||Atlantic Council, Eurasia Foundation, Carlyle Group|
|Thomas R Pickering||US Department of State, Eurasia Foundation, Atlantic Council|
|Richard L Armitage||US Department of State, Atlantic Council|
|Thomas R Nides||Atlantic Council, US Department of State|
|Philip A Odeen||Partnership for Public Service, Atlantic Council|
|Marc J Shapiro||University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Rice University|
|Robert A Day||WM Keck Foundation, George Bush Presidential Library Board of Trustees|
|Thomas F McLarty III||Carlyle Group, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center|
|Bradford M Freeman||George Bush Presidential Library Board of Trustees, WM Keck Foundation|
|E William Barnett||Baker Botts LLP, Rice University|