S.Res.58 - A resolution commending the Honorable Howard Henry Baker, Jr., formerly a Senator of Tennessee, for a lifetime of distinguished service.109th Congress (2005-2006)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Frist, William H. [R-TN] (Introduced 02/17/2005)|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 02/17/2005 Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S1591-1594; text as passed Senate: CR S1591; text of measure as introduced: CR S1679) (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 109th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office] [S. Res. 58 Agreed to Senate (ATS)] 109th CONGRESS 1st Session S. RES. 58 Commending the Honorable Howard Henry Baker, Jr., formerly a Senator of Tennessee, for a lifetime of distinguished service. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 17, 2005 Mr. Frist (for himself, Mr. Byrd, Mr. Reid, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Domenici, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Warner, and Mr. Lugar) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Commending the Honorable Howard Henry Baker, Jr., formerly a Senator of Tennessee, for a lifetime of distinguished service. Whereas Howard Henry Baker, Jr., son of Howard Henry Baker and Dora Ladd Baker, was heir to a distinguished political tradition, his father serving as a Member of Congress from 1951 until his death in 1964, his stepmother Irene Baker succeeding Howard Baker, Sr. in the House of Representatives, and his grandmother Lillie Ladd Mauser having served as Sheriff of Roane County, Tennessee; Whereas Howard Baker, Jr. served with distinction as an officer in the United States Navy in the closing months of World War II; Whereas Howard Baker, Jr. earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee Law School in Knoxville where, during his final year (1948-1949), he served as student body president; Whereas after graduation from law school Howard Baker, Jr. joined the law firm founded by his grandfather in Huntsville, Tennessee, where he won distinction as a trial and corporate attorney, as a businessman, and as an active member of his community; Whereas during his father's first term in Congress, Howard Baker, Jr. met and married Joy Dirksen, daughter of Everett McKinley Dirksen, a Senator of Illinois, in December 1951, which marriage produced a son, Darek, in 1953, and a daughter, Cynthia, in 1956; Whereas Howard Baker, Jr. was elected to the Senate in 1966, becoming the first popularly elected Republican Senator in the history of the State of Tennessee; Whereas during three terms in the Senate, Howard Baker, Jr. played a key role in a range of legislative initiatives, from fair housing to equal voting rights, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, revenue sharing, the Senate investigation of the Watergate scandal, the ratification of the Panama Canal treaties, the enactment of the economic policies of President Ronald Reagan, national energy policy, televising the Senate, and more; Whereas Howard Baker, Jr. served as both Republican Leader of the Senate (1977- 1981) and Majority Leader of the Senate (1981-1985); Whereas Howard Baker, Jr. was a candidate for the Presidency in 1980; Whereas Howard Baker, Jr. served as White House Chief of Staff during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan; Whereas Howard Baker, Jr. served as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board during the Presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; Whereas following the death of Joy Dirksen Baker, Howard Baker, Jr. married Nancy Landon Kassebaum, a former Senator of Kansas; Whereas Howard Baker, Jr. served with distinction as Ambassador of the United States to Japan during the Presidency of George W. Bush and during the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Japan; Whereas Howard Baker, Jr. was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the Nation's highest civilian award; and Whereas Howard Baker, Jr. set a standard of civility, courage, constructive compromise, good will, and wisdom that serves as an example for all who follow him in public service: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate commends its former colleague, the Honorable Howard Henry Baker, Jr., for a lifetime of distinguished service to the country and confers upon him the thanks of a grateful Nation. <all>