Former U.S. Senator Howard Baker died at the age of 88. He was a Tennessee republican who made his political mark over four decades.
Baker served as Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan from 1987 to 1988. He rose to national prominence in 1973 as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee investigating Richard Nixon.
It was Baker that asked the question during the proceedings, 'What did the president know, and when did he know it?'
He was also a candidate for the Republican Presidential Nomination in 1980 and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan under President George W. Bush.
News 5 caught up with Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey Thursday night in Kingsport. He says Baker was one of the pioneers here in Tennessee.
Ramsey tells News 5 Baker was elected to the Senate in 1966 which came at a time when people didn't think a republican would be elected.
News 5 asked Ramsey to share his favorite Baker memories.
"We got out of session this year the earliest we've ever gotten out. [That was on] April 17th," says Ramsey. "As we were going through session, I would tell people that Howard Baker once said, 'that the worst thing that ever happened to Washington, D.C. was when they put air conditioning in the capital building.'"
Ramsey also tells News 5 Baker definitely had an influence on him and, in fact, Ramsey says his goal is to follow Howard Baker's lead and make sure they're all out of Nashville before the air conditioning comes on.
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