Statement from Mayor Rogero on Howard H. Baker Jr.

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Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
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400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Statement from Mayor Rogero on Howard H. Baker Jr.

Posted: 06/26/2014
June 26, 2014 - Mayor Rogero made the following statement about Howard H. Baker Jr.:

"I'm very sad to hear of Sen. Baker's passing. He was a giant in American politics and a world statesman whose first love was always East Tennessee.

I think of Howard H. Baker Jr. as a role model - for Republicans, naturally, but also for Democrats. He was a soft-spoken conciliator who believed all his life in respectful governing.

Today, we see so much gridlock in national politics. Sen. Baker was a consensus builder who was not afraid to walk across the aisle to the other political party. He brought people together to constructively work out their differences and solve problems."