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Remembering Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr.

On Thursday, June 26, we learned of the passing of alumnus Sen. Howard Baker. "Our country has lost a great statesman and a great Tennessean," said UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek.

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  1. "A Century of Service" Short Film: Howard Baker
  2. Sen. Lamar Alexander on passing of Howard Baker
  3. Throwback Thursday in memory of a true Tennessee statesman, the Honorable Howard Baker, Jr., who passed away today.  During his distinguished career, Howard Baker wore many hats: United States Senator, Senate Majority Leader, White House Chief of Staff, Ambassador to Japan, and of course, Lawyer. In every role he has played both in public and private life, he has been the personification of civility. Whether he was on the floor of the United States Senate, in the Oval Office, or in a Tennessee courtroom, he was always a tireless advocate for what he believed.  But he never took a cheap shot at opposing counsel or at an opponent in a political campaign.

While he oftened questioned the wisdom of Democrats, he never questioned their patriotism. And he never went on cable TV to denounce as "evil" folks with different points of view.

I was fortunate to hear Senator Baker speak on several occasions, and I will never forget something I heard him say a few years ago. He said that the hero of his life was his father, Howard Baker Sr., who was a great trial lawyer, as well as a United States Congressman. Senator Baker said of his father, "He taught me that you should always go through life working on the assumption that the other guy may be right." #rip #howardbaker #tbt #civility #leadership #lawyer #gentleman #servant #tennessee #statesman
    Throwback Thursday in memory of a true Tennessee statesman, the Honorable Howard Baker, Jr., who passed away today. During his distinguished career, Howard Baker wore many hats: United States Senator, Senate Majority Leader, White House Chief of Staff, Ambassador to Japan, and of course, Lawyer. In every role he has played both in public and private life, he has been the personification of civility. Whether he was on the floor of the United States Senate, in the Oval Office, or in a Tennessee courtroom, he was always a tireless advocate for what he believed. But he never took a cheap shot at opposing counsel or at an opponent in a political campaign. While he oftened questioned the wisdom of Democrats, he never questioned their patriotism. And he never went on cable TV to denounce as "evil" folks with different points of view. I was fortunate to hear Senator Baker speak on several occasions, and I will never forget something I heard him say a few years ago. He said that the hero of his life was his father, Howard Baker Sr., who was a great trial lawyer, as well as a United States Congressman. Senator Baker said of his father, "He taught me that you should always go through life working on the assumption that the other guy may be right." #rip #howardbaker #tbt #civility #leadership #lawyer #gentleman #servant #tennessee #statesman
  4. Howard Baker, Former Tenn. Senator Dead at 88
  5. All smiles from BPC Senior Fellow Trent Lott and BPC Co-Founders Howard Baker and Tom Daschle. #tbt
    All smiles from BPC Senior Fellow Trent Lott and BPC Co-Founders Howard Baker and Tom Daschle. #tbt
  6. Howard Baker dies at 88 years old
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