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 HOUSTON, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- James A. Baker III, former secretary of state and secretary of the treasury, will become a senior partner in the 400 person law firm of Baker & Botts. The firm has offices in Houston, Dallas, Washington, Austin, New York and Moscow.
 Secretary Baker, who served at the highest levels of government in the Bush, Reagan and Ford administrations, is returning to the legal profession in which he distinguished himself before entering government. He is joining the firm in which four generations of James A. Bakers have practiced law.
 In discussing Baker's role in the law firm, Managing Partner E. William Barnett said, "Jim Baker's role in American government over the past dozen years has provided him an insight into national and international affairs that is without parallel. He adds a new dimension to our national and international practice and our clients will benefit from his knowledge, experience and judgment as they compete in an increasingly global economy." While Baker's work with the firm will extend to most areas of the firm's practice and its clients, he will not engage in lobbying the United States government or its agencies or officials nor will he represent or advise foreign governments.
 Baker will make his home in Houston, but also will spend time in the firm's Washington office. "I am very pleased to be joining this distinguished firm which has so long been associated with my family," commented Baker. Baker graduated from Princeton in 1952, was an honors graduate from Texas Law School in 1957, and practiced as a corporate lawyer in Houston for over 20 years.
 Baker will not be engaged exclusively in the practice of law. He intends to write a book about his years as Secretary of State, to render certain independent advisory services, to help guide the development and success of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and to continue to participate in the public policy debate.
 "We are delighted to have Jim Baker as a partner," said Barnett. "It is a great day in the history of our firm."
 Historical Note
 In joining Baker & Botts, Jim Baker becomes a member of one of the oldest and most prominent law firms in America, with roots that extend back to Houston in the 1840s. The 150 year-old Houston firm was led in its early years by his great-grandfather, Judge James Addison Baker (with the firm 1872-1897), and thereafter by his grandfather, Captain James A. Baker (with the firm 1877-1941) and his father, James A. Baker Jr. (with the firm 1919-1973.) His son, James A. Baker IV, is currently a partner in the firm's Washington office.
 After serving as Undersecretary of Commerce in the Ford administration Baker led presidential campaigns for President Ford in 1976 and George Bush in 1980 and was a chief strategist for Ronald Reagan's race against Jimmy Carter. Following Reagan's election, Baker was made White House Chief of Staff (1981-1985) and later Secretary of the Treasury (1985-1988). After chairing George Bush's successful 1988 campaign for the Presidency, Baker served as Secretary of State for almost four years.
 During his years in the Treasury and State Departments, Baker helped shape first an economic policy, and then foreign and military policies that are credited by many observers with contributing to the ultimate collapse of Communism and the conclusion of the Cold War. Standing out among his many achievements is his role in working with the Group of Seven nations in the coordination of international economic policy; his participation in historic arms reduction negotiations; his major role in the coordination of Allied financial, military and diplomatic resources in Operation Desert Storm; and his leadership in getting Arabs and Israelis to the negotiating table in the Middle East Peace Talks. Secretary Baker's service spanned a period of unprecedented global transition, During this time of historic change, Baker worked with governments all over the world to chart responses for the post Cold War period.
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