Highlights from Sen. Max Baucus' career

2013-04-23T11:50:00Z 2013-07-13T11:56:05Z Highlights from Sen. Max Baucus' careerThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 23, 2013 11:50 am  • 

HELENA — Six-term U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said Tuesday that he won't run for re-election. Here are some highlights from the Montana Democrat's career:

1968: Attorney with Securities and Exchange Commission.

1972: Executive director and committee coordinator for Montana Constitutional Convention.

1973-1974: Member of Montana House of Representatives.

1975-1978: Member of U.S. House of Representatives.

1978: Elected to U.S. Senate.

1990: Chief Sponsor of Clean Air Act.

1993-1994: Baucus supports two gun control measures, the Brady Bill that established background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity clips. He votes to let the bans expire in 2004.

1999: Baucus becomes an advocate for Libby residents after news reports linked asbestos contamination from a vermiculite mine to deaths and illnesses.

2001: Baucus becomes chairman of Senate Finance Committee.

2001: Baucus supports President George W. Bush's tax cuts.

2002: Baucus votes in favor of invading Iraq but said later his vote was a mistake based on faulty intelligence.

2009-2010: Baucus helps write President Barack Obama's health care reform law, which is widely panned in Montana.

2009: Baucus nominates his girlfriend and state office director, Melodee Hanes, as U.S. attorney for Montana, then Hanes withdraws amid criticism. Baucus and Hanes marry two years later.

2010-2012: Baucus advocates for energy companies to retire their leases in the land bordering Glacier National Park.

2011: Baucus is named to 12-member congressional "supercommittee" that failed to reach a deficit-reduction deal.

2011: Baucus sponsors a bill to expand wilderness and recreation in areas on the Rocky Mountain Front.

April 2013: Baucus says Obama's health care law is headed for a "train wreck" because of bumbling implementation.

April 2013: Baucus is one of five Democrats to vote against beefing up background checks for gun purchases.

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