Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker represented the State of Kansas in the United States Senate from 1978 to 1997. She is the daughter of Alf Landon, who was Governor of Kansas from 1933 to 1937 and the 1936 Republican nominee for president, and the widow of former Senator and diplomat Howard Baker.
She was the first woman ever elected to a full term in the Senate without her husband having previously served in Congress, and the second woman elected to a US Senate seat without it being held first by her husband or appointed to complete a deceased husband’s term. She was also the first woman to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate, and was re-elected to her Senate seat in 1984 and 1990 but did not seek re-election in 1996.
She is an Advisory Board member for the Partnership for a Secure America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy. She is also a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.
In 1996, she married former U.S. Senator Howard Baker, Jr. of Tennessee. He passed away in 2014. Following his death, she moved from their home in Tennessee to the family ranch near Burdick, Kansas.