- B.A. Classics, Princeton University, 1952
- J.D. with honors, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1957
Jim Baker served as Pres. Ronald Reagan's White House Chieff of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury (1985-1988). Under Pres. George H. Bush, he was Secretary of State (1989-1992). Most recently, Baker co-chaired the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan blue-ribbon commission charged in 2006 with making recommendations to President George W. Bush and Congress for a new direction in the Iraq War.
Currently, Jim Baker is a senior partner in the law firm of Baker & Botts and serves on the boards of Rice University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a number of other non-profit organizations. The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas, is named after him.