OBITUARY: Howard Baker, former majority leader and White House chief of staff, dies at 88 Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Howard Baker Jr., a former Republican Senate majority leader and White House chief of staff, died today. He was 88. Please subscribe to E&ENews PM to read the full story. Username: Password: Forgot your access codes? Recover them. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a trial. Ready to subscribe? Click here.