The Baker Family Legacy
Few Houstonians have played as critical a role in national and international matters as James A. Baker III, our nation’s 61st secretary of state. Secretary Baker led the United States in foreign affairs at a pivotal moment in history – the peaceful end of the Cold War.
His service is unique, having held senior positions for three U.S. presidents: secretary of state under George H.W. Bush, secretary of the treasury under Ronald Reagan and undersecretary of commerce under Gerald Ford.
After retiring from public service, Secretary Baker established the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in 1993. Today the institute is one of the leading nonpartisan think tanks for public policy in the country.
To commemorate his place on the world stage and his relationship with his home city, his statue sits in downtown Houston across Buffalo Bayou from Bush Monument. The statue is open year-round without charge.
Chas Fagan sculpted the statue for Baker Common, which recognizes Secretary Baker and his distinguished forebears: Judge James A. Baker, Captain James A. Baker and his father, James A. Baker Jr. The monument was dedicated in October 2010.
Visitors approaching on foot will find the stately green space in Sesquicentennial Park, on the east bank of Buffalo Bayou across Preston Street from the rear of Wortham Center in downtown Houston. Motorists can park at metered spaces nearby or in Theater District parking garages.
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