Kentucky Federation of College Republicans announced today its annual recipient of the John Sherman Cooper Award. The Award this year goes to former Senator and Reagan Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker, Jr. Senator Baker was chosen for this award because of his ability to command respect from his peers, his integrity, and his continuing dedication to conservative ideals and principles.
Senator Baker will speak at the KFCR Lincoln Day Dinner to be held in the Carnegie Club at Centre College on February 22, 2000. The dinner will begin at 6 PM to be followed by a speech open to the public set to begin at 8 PM in the Norton Center for the Arts' Weisiger Theatre. State Chairman Todd Harding said, "This dinner will allow Senator Baker to speak on his experiences as a senator during Watergate and his tenure as Reagan's chief of staff." Chairman Harding continued, "This opportunity gives the Senator a chance to return to Centre where he received an honorary degree several years ago and to speak on issues that concern the Republican Party."
Senator Howard Baker served as a United States Senator from Tennessee 1965-83; served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee, 1973; Minority Leader, US Senate; Majority Leader, US Senate 1981-85; and President Reagan's Chief of Staff 1987-88. Senator Baker has also written a book entitled No Margin for Error (1980) and has compiled two books of photographs: Howard Baker's Washington (1982) and Big South Fork Country (1993).
The KFCR consists of 13 clubs at colleges and universities across the Commonwealth with a membership of 1,500 students statewide. The Centre College Republicans are the state's largest chapter at 315 members or 32% of the students at Centre College. Last year the KFCR awarded the John Sherman Cooper award to former Reagan and Bush press secretary Marlin Fitzwater.
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