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Howard Baker

Howard Baker, Jr. is the United States ambassador to Japan. He was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001.

Baker, a Republican from Tennessee, was formerly a US Senator. Baker served in the US Senate from 1967-85, with two terms as minority leader (1977-81) and two terms as majority leader (1981-85). He served as Chief of Staff in the administration of President Ronald Reagan (1987-1989).

Since 1996 Baker has been married to former US Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum.

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