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Max Baucus
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11th United States Ambassador to China
In office
March 20, 2014 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Gary Locke
Succeeded by Terry Branstad
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
In office
January 4, 2007 – February 6, 2014
Preceded by Chuck Grassley
Succeeded by Ron Wyden
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Chuck Grassley
Succeeded by Chuck Grassley
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by Bill Roth
Succeeded by Chuck Grassley
Chair of the Senate Environment Committee
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Succeeded by John Chafee
United States Senator
from Montana
In office
December 15, 1978 – February 6, 2014
Preceded by Paul Hatfield
Succeeded by John Walsh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Montana's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1975 – December 14, 1978
Preceded by Richard Shoup
Succeeded by Pat Williams
Member of the Montana House of Representatives
In office
1973–1974
Personal details
Born
Max Sieben Enke

December 11, 1941 (1941-12-11) (age 78)
Helena, Montana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ann Geracimos (1975–1982)
Wanda Minge (1984–2009)
Melodee Hanes (2011–present)
Children 1 son (with Geracimos)
Education Stanford University (BA, LLB)

Max Sieben Baucus (née Enke; born December 11, 1941) is a retired American politician and diplomat who served as a United States Senator from Montana from 1978 to 2014. A member of the Democratic Party, he was a U.S. Senator for nearly 36 years, making him the longest-serving Senator in Montana history. On December 26, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Baucus to replace Gary Locke as the 11th United States Ambassador to China. He served in that position from 2014 until President Donald Trump fired all serving U.S. Ambassadors in 2017.

As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Baucus played an influential role in the debate over health care reform in the United States. He was also chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and was chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before his election to the Senate, Baucus was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1978, representing Montana's 1st congressional district. He previously served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974.

Personal life

Baucus was born on December 11, 1941 in Helena, Montana. He studied at Stanford University. Baucus was married to Ann Geracimos from 1982 until they divorced in the same year. Then he was married to Wanda Minge from 1984 until they divorced in 2009. He has been married to Melodee Hanes since 2011. He has one son, Zeno, with Geracimos.

Ambassador nomination

Baucus announced on April 23, 2013 that he would retire from the U.S. Senate at the end of his term. His term was set to end in 2015. However, he was made United States Ambassador to China by Barack Obama in 2013. He resigned on February 6, 2014, before finishing his final term as senator. Baucus was succeeded by John Walsh, the former Lieutenant Governor of Montana.

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