"The Ultimate Statesman": Tenn. Senator Howard H. Baker Dies At 88

Jun 26, 2014

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  Here's a collection of quotes and articles honoring the late Senator Howard Baker, Jr., who passed away Thursday at the age of 88:

"Howard Baker was Tennessee’s favorite son, one of America’s finest leaders and for Honey and me an indispensable friend. He built our state’s two-party political system and inspired three generations to try to build a better state and country. It is difficult to express how much we honor his life and how much we will miss him."  (U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander)

"When I think of the ultimate statesman, the very first person who comes to my mind is Howard Baker. Howard Baker was one of those people who had the unique ability to bring out the very best in those around him. He always put our country’s interests first, and lived a life of service that everyone in public office should aspire to emulate. I have cherished the privilege of being able to sit down and talk with Howard on many occasions, and I will always value his words of encouragement." (U.S. Senator Bob Corker)

"He was my friend, my mentor and my colleague in the Senate. Howard was involved in countless endeavors, most importantly as a proud representative of Tennessee in Congress. He was a Republican Leader who got things done by working with both parties when it was the right thing to do. Howard has left a lasting imprint on civility in politics." (Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole)

"His service was marked by a courtly, civil, and respectful style that won him friends and admirers on both sides of the aisle. His example — his ability to fight for principle, and disagree without being disagreeable — will continue to inspire us as we honor his life and memory." (U.S. House Speaker John Boehner)

“Senator Baker truly earned his nickname: the Great Conciliator. I know he will be remembered with fondness by members of both political parties." (U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell)

“Howard Baker was both a distinguished statesman and great friend of the University of Tennessee. Through his brilliant career as a U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee, White House Chief of Staff, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, he honored his beloved home state. He honored the University of Tennessee as a proud alumnus, a generous donor, and a great friend. As you may know, the rotunda of the UT College of Law building and the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy are named in his honor. Mr. Baker defined statesmanship in ways few have equaled.” (University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro)

“Sen. Howard Baker Jr. was a great American statesman, one of Tennessee’s greatest sons and a longtime friend of my family. He proved that elected leaders can be both effective and maintain their integrity. Our state and our country are better off because of his service. His family is in my prayers.”  (Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett)

"Sen. Baker was an alumnus and great friend of the university, and embodied the Volunteer spirit. He will be greatly missed."  (University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek)

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