The Honorable James A. Baker, III, has served in senior government positions under three United States Presidents, including serving as the nation’s 61st Secretary of State under President George Bush and as the nation’s 67th Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald Reagan.
Baker’s memoir -- Work Hard, Study … and Keep Out of Politics! -- was published in October 2006. Baker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 and has been the recipient of several awards for public service, including Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Award. Baker serves as honorary chairman at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Baker was born in Houston, Texas, in 1930. He and his wife, the former Susan Garrett, currently reside in Houston and have eight children and 18 grandchildren.