Ex-Sen. Baker remembered for crossing the aisle

photo The body of late U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., lays in repose Monday, June 30, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. Paying their respects are grandson Daniel Baker, left, son Darek Baker, daughter Cynthia "Cissy" Baker, and former Kansas U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, Baker's widow. The funeral for Baker, who died June 26 at age 88, will be held Tuesday in his hometown of Huntsville, Tenn. (AP Photo, Paul Efird/Knoxville News Sentinel)

ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. was remembered Tuesday for his ability to bridge political divides in Washington while also establishing the Republican Party as a statewide force in Tennessee.

The Republican's 18-year tenure in the Senate drew accolades from both sides of the aisle.