James Baker

American lawyer and statesman (born 1930)

James Addison Baker, III (born April 28, 1930) is an American attorney, politician, political administrator, and political adviser.[1]

James Baker
10th and 16th White House Chief of Staff
In office
August 24, 1992 – January 20, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded bySamuel K. Skinner
Succeeded byMack McLarty
In office
January 20, 1981 – February 3, 1985
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byJack Watson
Succeeded byDonald Regan
61st United States Secretary of State
In office
January 25, 1989 – August 23, 1992
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
DeputyLawrence Eagleburger
Preceded byGeorge P. Shultz
Succeeded byLawrence Eagleburger
67th United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
February 4, 1985 – August 17, 1988
PresidentRonald Reagan
DeputyRichard G. Darman
M. Peter McPherson
Preceded byDonald Regan
Succeeded byNicholas F. Brady
United States Under Secretary of Commerce
In office
August 2, 1975 – May 7, 1976
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byJohn Tabor
Succeeded byEdward Vetter
Personal details
James Addison Baker III

(1930-04-28) April 28, 1930 (age 94)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (before 1970)
Republican (1970–present)
Mary Stuart McHenry
(m. 1953; died 1970)

Susan Garrett
(m. 1973)
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
University of Texas at Austin (LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1952–1954 (active)
1954–1958 (reserve)
Rank Captain

He served as the Chief of Staff in President Ronald Reagan's first administration and in the final year of the administration of President George H. W. Bush. Baker also served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1988 in the second Reagan administration, and Secretary of State in the George H. W. Bush administration.



James Baker is the namesake of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas.[2]


  1. "James Baker" at Baker Botts LLP; retrieved 2012-12-4.
  2. Baker Institute for Public Policy; retrieved 2012-12-4.