Baucus, Max, 1941-

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In 2014 U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Max Sieben Baucus to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Peoples Republic of China. He served as Ambassador from February 21, 2014 until January 19, 2017. Ambassador Baucus formerly served as the senior United States Senator from Montana. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1978 to 2014 and was Montana’s longest serving U.S. Senator as well as the third longest tenure among those serving in the U.S. Senate.

While in the Senate, Ambassador Baucus was Chairman and Ranking Member of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance. While Chairman, he was the chief architect of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) which was signed by President Barack Obama into law March 23, 2009.

Ambassador Baucus has extensive experience in international trade. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, he led the passage and enactment of the Free Trade Agreements with 11 countries: Australia, Bahrain, Jordan, Chile, Colombia, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. He also was deeply involved in orchestrating the congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China in 2000 and in facilitating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001.

Ambassador Baucus also served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Joint Committee on Taxation and as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry where he led in the reauthorization of numerous Farm Bills. He was additionally selected as a member of the Senate Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) following the financial crisis of 2008. Ambassador Baucus was also a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and chaired its Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure where he managed numerous infrastructure legislative acts and Highway Bills.

Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Ambassador Baucus represented Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1978 and represented Missoula, Montana in the Montana House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974.

Ambassador Baucus earned a bachelor’s and law degree from Stanford University.

Ambassador Baucus currently lives in Bozeman, Montana, where he and his wife, Melodee Hanes, have formed a consulting firm, Baucus Group LLC. Ambassador Baucus provides consulting services to American and Chinese businesses and serves on the Board of Directors of Ingram Micro and the Board of Advisors to Alibaba Group. He additionally serves on the External Advisory Board to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

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creatorOf Max S. Baucus Papers, 1944-2016 (bulk 1974-2014) University of Montana--Missoula Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Records of the Office of Congressional Liaison (Carter Administration), 1976 - 1981. Bob Beckel's Subject Files, 1977 - 1980 Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn Records of the Environmental Protection Agency, 1944 - 2006. Records Relating to Environmental Effects on the Stratosphere, ca. 1974 - ca. 1988 National Archives Library, National Archives Records Administration
referencedIn Freund, Paul A. Paul A. Freund papers. 1918-1993. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Baucus, Max. Max Baucus : commercials , 1976-1990. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
referencedIn Records of the Federal Highway Administration, 1956 - 2008. Congressional and Administrative Correspondence, 1989 - 1989 National Archives Library, National Archives Records Administration
referencedIn Records of the Department of Defense Inspector General, 1975 - 1993. Congressional Subject Correspondence, 1995 - 1995 National Archives at Kansas City
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
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Birth 1941-12-11






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