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Governor Haslam To Attend Memorial Service For Senator Baker

Governor Haslam To Attend Memorial Service For Senator Baker

CREATED Jun 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced plans to attend the memorial service for the late, Senator Howard Baker.

The former Senate Majority Leader and Tennessee lawmaker passed away Thursday, at his East Tennessee home of complications from a stroke. He was 88-years-old. 

Affectionately called "Tennessee's Favorite Son," Baker served as White House Chief of Staff for President Reagan and Ambassador to Japan.

Baker also emerged as an unlikely star of the Watergate hearings in the summer of 1973. He later said that Watergate became "the greatest disillusionment" of his political career.

Like Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, Governor Haslam also worked for Baker some time ago.

“If you're putting together a list, it’d be hard to find a list that wouldn’t have Senator Baker either at the top or near the very top - both in terms of impact and in terms of both the way that he went about it and his style, if you will, which is so different from today's Washington,” said Governor Haslam.

Haslam ordered that all state flags be flown at half-staff through Monday in Baker’s honor.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)