Alexander Praises Appropriation Committee's Decision to Fund New Howard Baker Center

Posted on June 25, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today praised colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee for including $6 million for the endowment of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. “Funding the Howard Baker Center is more than just a tribute to one of our nation’s greatest leaders,” Alexander said. “This funding will benefit Tennessee and the nation as the Center train the next generation of leaders to follow in the tradition of Senator Baker.” Alexander, a member of the Appropriations Committee, said U.S. Senators Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) of the Committee played instrumental roles in including these funds as part of the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which passed the full committee this week. “In many ways, I’m one of the first graduates of the Howard Baker ‘school of leadership,’” Alexander said, noting that his first job in Washington, DC, was as a young legislative assistant to Senator Baker after Baker was first elected. “It’s only fitting that future generations of Tennessee and national leaders should benefit from his wisdom, experience and vision.” The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy was founded in 2003 on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville. The center was created to educate college students about the processes of United States government and to highlight the importance of public service. Howard H. Baker Jr. was United States Senator from Tennessee from 1967 to 1985. He served as Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1985. He also served as Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan from 1987 to 1988 and United States Ambassador to Japan from 2001 to 2005.