James Baker was the most powerful friend to George Bush in Washington D.C. Before becoming Secretary of State, James Baker was born in Houston, Texas. Baker’s wife was also a good friend of the Bush Empire. Following the unfortunate death of Baker’s wife, George Bush asked James Baker to join his political ambitions. George Bush became Ronald Reagan’s Vice President. President Reagan asked James Baker to be his White House Chief of Staff. In 1989, President George Bush appointed James Baker Secretary of State. Leaders James Baker and Howard Hughes had deep ties to oil wealth surrounded by Houston, Texas.