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Bipartisan Policy Center Mourns the Passing of Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr.

Statement from fellow BPC co-founders Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell

With deep sadness, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) mourns the death of its co-founder and former Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. The senator was 88 years old.

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BPC co-founders and former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker (left) and Bob Dole at BPC’s “A Century of Service” program, March 21, 2012

“What really makes the Senate work is an understanding of human nature, an appreciation of the hearts as well as the minds, the frailties as well as the strengths, of one’s colleagues and one’s constituents.”

As part of “A Century of Service,” BPC produced a video to commemorate the life and career of Senator Baker.

“If we cannot be civil to one another, and if we stop dealing with those with whom we disagree, or that we don’t like, we would soon stop functioning altogether.” 


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Senator Baker greets Vice President Joe Biden at “A Century of Service”

A Century of Service

View all coverage of “A Century of Service”, an event BPC hosted in 2012 to honor the combined 100 years of public service between BPC co-founders and former Senators Howard Baker and Bob Dole.

Leaders’ Project on the State of American Health Care

Crossing Our Lines, released on June 17, 2009, is a bipartisan agreement for comprehensive health reform reached by Senators Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, and Bob Dole. It was the culmination of a year-and-a-half effort that included strategic outreach to key health care stakeholders, a series of state-based public policy forums, and months of personal deliberations by the leaders. Taken together, the recommendations ensure that all Americans have quality, affordable health coverage, while improving health care quality and reining in skyrocketing costs. 

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