Howard Baker To Hit Lecture Circuit
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former White House chief of staff Howard H. Baker Jr., who said he never would write a ″kiss and tell″ book about his experiences, is going on the lecture circuit instead.
A spokeswoman for Baker announced Wednesday that he has signed an exclusive contract with the Harry Walker agency, a New York-based lecture management firm that also represents former president Gerald Ford, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and Baker’s predecessor as chief of staff, Donald T. Regan.
Baker’s first speech will be at the Institutional Investors Conference next Tuesday in Asheville, N.C., on the subject, ″What the Next President of the United States Needs to Know,″ according to a news release from Jennifer Hirschberg of the Washington public relations firm of Ogilvy & Mather.
Baker, a former Republican senator from Tennessee who served four years as minority leader and four as majority leader of the Senate, ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 1980. He was considering making the race again before he came to the White House as chief of staff in 1987. He recently resigned after 16 months in the job.
Amid the furor that arose after publication of Regan’s book, ″For the Record,″ which discussed first lady Nancy Reagan’s interest in astrology, among other things, Baker said he had no plans to write a similar book after he left his post.
In the Ogilvy & Mather release, Baker was quoted as saying, ″I look forward to this next phase in my career. I welcome the opportunity to take a step back as it were and review the landscape of public life. I’ve seen many changes in Washington, some good and some bad. ... I am most intrigued by shifts in the balance of power between Congress and the White House and their effects on the inner workings of government.″