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James Addison Baker, III Edit Profile

also known as Jim Baker

Lawyer , United States Secretary of State

James Addison Baker III, American Lawyer, former government official. Bar: Texas 1957. Trustee Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institute, since 1977; board directors Rice U., honorary chairman James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, since 1993. Member American Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, American Judicature Society, PhiDelta Phi.

Background

III, James Addison Baker, was born on April 28, 1930 in Houston, Texas, United States. Son of James A. and Ethel Bonner (Means) B.

Education

Bachelor, Princeton University, 1952. Bachelor of Laws, University Texas, 1957. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Pennsylvania, 2007.

Career

Associate Andrews Kurth Campbell & Jones, 1957—1981. Under secretary United States Department Commerce, 1975—1976. Deputy chairman, delegate operations President Ford Committee, 1976.

Chairman George Bush campaign for republican presidential nomination, 1979—1980. Senior advisor Reagan-Bush Committee, 1980—1981. Member Reagan Transition Team, 1980—1981.

Chief of staff to President The White House, 1981—1985. Secretary United States Department Treasury, 1985—1988. Chairman George Bush's Presidential campaign, 1988.

Secretary United States Department State, 1989—1992. Chief of staff, senior counselor to President The White House, 1992—1993. Personal envoy of United Nations Secretary General for Western Sahara United Nations, 1997—2004.

Chairman, board advisory Energy Future Holdings Corporation. Senior partner Baker & Botts, LLP, Washington and Houston, since 1993. Special envoy to Iraqi for debt reduction The White House, since 2003.

Honorary chairman James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Rice University, since 1993. Senior counselor, The Carlyle Group, 1993-2005, co-chair Iraq Study Group, 2006.

Achievements

  • Bar: Texas 1957.

Membership

Trustee Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institute, since 1977. Board directors Rice University, honorary chairman James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, since 1993. Fellow: American Academy Arts & Sciences.

Member: American Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, American Judicature Society, Phi Delta Phi, board dirs, Electronic Data Corporation, 1996-2003.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: hunting, fishing, tennis, golf.

Connections

Married Mary Stuart McHenry (deceased February 18, 1970). Married Susan Garrett, August 6, 1973. 8 children.

father:
James A. B.

mother:
Ethel Bonner (Means) B.

spouses:
Mary Stuart McHenry

Susan Garrett