For Congress Week 2016, today’s AGRC A to Z is dedicated to LaMar Baker, a successful Chattanooga businessman elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1966. In 1968, he was elected to the Tennessee State Senate, and in 1970, he received the Republican nomination for the Chattanooga-based Congressional District to replace Bill Brock, who was elected to the United States Senate. He served two terms in Congress and won reelection fairly easily in the Republican landslide year of 1972, but moderate Democrat Marilyn Lloyd defeated Baker for reelection in 1974. The LaMar Baker Papers contain publications, memorabilia, plaques, and photographs relating to his political career of Tennessee Republican State Representative, Senator, and U.S. Congressman.
Written by Sarah Calise, graduate assistant