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James Baker

Former U.S. Secretary of State

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

James Baker
16th White House Chief of Staff
In office
August, 1992 – January 20, 1993
President George H.W. Bush
Preceded by Samuel Skinner
Succeeded by Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty
61st United States Secretary of State
In office
January 20, 1989 – August 23, 1992
President George H.W. Bush
Preceded by George P. Shultz
Succeeded by Lawrence Eagleburger
67th United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
February 4, 1985 – August 17, 1988
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Donald Regan
Succeeded by Nicholas F. Brady
10th White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 1981 – February 3, 1985
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Jack Watson
Succeeded by Donald T. Regan
Personal details
Born (1930-04-28) April 28, 1930 (age 87)
Houston, Texas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Stuart McHenry
(1953-1970; her death)
Susan Garrett Baker
Alma mater Princeton University
University of Texas-Austin
Profession Lawyer/Politician
Religion Episcopalian
Military service
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
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 1985-1988 in the second Reagan administration, and Secretary of State in the George H. W. Bush administration.



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