Former U.S. Senator Howard Baker Jr. dies at 88

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

Former Senator Howard H. Baker Jr., who famously questioned "What did the president know and when did he know it?" during the Watergate scandal, died on Thursday at age 88.

Baker died in his home as a result of complications from a stroke he suffered on Saturday.

Baker was a Senator for 18 years, serving from 1967 to 1985, according to The Washington Post.

He served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan from 2001 until early 2005. Baker was mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate Supreme Court justice or CIA director. Though he was offered these roles, he turned them down, but was always glad to share good words with both Democrats and Republicans.

"Senator Baker truly earned his nickname: the Great Conciliator. I know he will be remembered with fondness by members of both political parties," Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told his Senate colleagues, according to Associated Press.

He had a long career with many highlights and memorable moments. Perhaps the most important moment was Baker’s service as vice-chairman and leading Republican during the Nixon years. In 1972, the Senate committee led inquiries about the break-in at the Democratic headquarters and the cover-up by the Nixon administration.

Baker had two children, Darek and Cynthia.



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