From Montana, Max Baucus is an intelligent and experienced politician with a handle on economics and law. He must be considered a senior statesman with robust credibility that the Chinese will likely appreciate.
He does not speak Chinese as did Jon Huntsman from Utah. Huntsman had “boots on the ground” credentials, but his academic training was weak by comparison.
Having someone who is 74 years of age is alright given that the Chinese leadership are comparably senior people.
Accepting this position, he is forfeiting opportunities on K Street as a lobbyist where he could earn much more money. However, life is rougher now on K Street since pork barrelling is over. Still, much of “the law” gets formulated there.
Maybe after serving in one of the worst Congresses ever, Max just wants a change of diet, and Chinese is mighty tasty.
The assignment will not be a piece of cake:
- Hostility in the South China Sea
- Dissatisfaction by our #1 trading partner with economic instability
- Cyber warfare
- Middle East foreign policy
...are among the topics.
United States Senator from Montana
Assumed office December 15, 1978
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance
Incumbent Assumed office
January 4, 2007
In office June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
January 3 – January 20, 2001
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
In office January 1993 – January 3, 1995
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana's 1st district
In office January 3, 1975 – December 14, 1978
Born Max Sieben Enke
December 11, 1941 (age 72)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Melodee Hanes (2011-)
Wanda Minge (1984-2009)
Ann Geracimos (1982)
Children Zeno Baucus
Residence Helena, Montana
Alma mater Stanford University
Religion United Church of Christ”
“Baucus chosen for ambassador to China
By Peter Schroeder, Bernie Becker and Kevin Bogardus
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said he understood that tapping Baucus for the key diplomatic post was a “done deal.”
Hatch did not delve into specifics on how or when he learned of the plan, but cited a “good authority.”
“I understand it’s a done deal. I’m going to miss him.”
Baucus, a key architect of President Obama’s signature healthcare law and a champion of tax reform, told reporters on Wednesday that he wouldn’t comment, but did not deny that he would be chosen for the ambassadorship.
“There’s a lot of stuff flying around. A lot of names,” Baucus said. “I’m not going to speculate. That’s not for me to discuss.”
Baucus announced earlier this year that he would not seek a seventh term in 2014, stunning many in the political world and on K Street.