Senator Max Baucus (1941-) (D-Montana) is chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and leader of the "Gang of Six" moderate Senators seen at the core of any agreement on health care reform. He has a close friendship with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking Republican on Budget, who has been chairman in years of Republican Senate majorities, making for continuity in the committee.
He was first elected to the Senate in 1978.
In 1973, he was elected to the Montana State Legislature. He served as a state representative from Missoula until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974. He was re-elected in 1976.
Education and early career
He opened a law practice in Missoula in 1971. He then served as both Executive Director and Committee Coordinator for Montana's 1972 Constitutional Convention, which crafted what was considered one of the most farsighted state constitutions in the nation.
He then hitch-hiked around the world before going to work for the Civil Aeronautics Board in Washington. Baucus left that post to take a job for three years as a legal assistant at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- undergraduate economics degree, Stanford University, 1964
- law degree, Stanford University,1967
- "Max Baucus (D-Mont.)", WhoRunsGov.com, a Washington Post-Newsweek publication