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Baker funeral being held in Tennessee hometown

  • Associated Press
  • July 1, 2014 - 12:40 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — The funeral for former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. is getting underway in his rural Tennessee hometown near the Kentucky state line.

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will give the eulogy Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville.

Those in attendance include Vice President Joe Biden, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

Baker was a Republican whose 18-year tenure in the Senate drew accolades from both sides of the aisle. He is known for cutting to the core of the 1973 Watergate hearings when he asked of then-President Richard Nixon: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"

Baker will be buried next to his first wife, Joy Dirksen Baker, who died of cancer in 1993.

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