Max Baucus

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  • U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2014-2017)
  • U.S. Senator (D-MT) (1978-2013)
  • Chair, Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014)

Max Baucus is uniquely qualified to address issues regarding U.S. tax reform,  world trade, China and the Asian Continent. As Ambassador to China (2014 - 2017) and Chair of the Senate Finance Committee (2007 - 2014), Max Baucus has extensive experience in international trade issues.  Ambassador Baucus led the passage and enactment of Free Trade Agreements with 11 countries and worked to increase U.S. exports by knocking down trade barriersHe was deeply involved in orchestrating congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China in 2000 and in facilitating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001, and is credited with holding China accountable on issues of intellectual property, human rights and currency. Baucus served in Congress from 1978 until his appointment to Ambassador to China, during which time he fostered and enacted groundbreaking legislation, not the least of which is the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare).  As the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, he ushered the Act through Congress, vocal even at the time about his concerns regarding costs and lack of bipartisan support, two issues which now threaten the Act's durability under the Trump administration.

 
  

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Trade and Taxes: What's Next for Businesses, Workers & Consumers?

Max Baucus shares his extensive trade policy experience with audiences asking how they will be affected by new trade and tax policies. As the former head of the Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014) and Ambassador to China (2014-2017), Baucus adds an insider’s nuance to the debates on U.S. taxes, san ...

Max Baucus shares his extensive trade policy experience with audiences asking how they will be affected by new trade and tax policies. As the former head of the Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014) and Ambassador to China (2014-2017), Baucus adds an insider’s nuance to the debates on U.S. taxes, sanctions and tariffs; Asia’s advancement of their own trade agreements with other nations; and the changing landscape imposed by Brexit and the shifting European trade environment.

China: Opportunities and Obstacles

Max Baucus capped his involvement with China as Ambassador to China (2014-2017) not long after President Xi took power.  In prior years he lead many delegations to China meeting with past Chinese presidents and premiers and helped spearhead China’s entrance into WTO as well as introducing legislatio ...

Max Baucus capped his involvement with China as Ambassador to China (2014-2017) not long after President Xi took power.  In prior years he lead many delegations to China meeting with past Chinese presidents and premiers and helped spearhead China’s entrance into WTO as well as introducing legislation establishing PNTR status for China. He was our country’s principle policy broker in China on National Security and economic issues, including the South China Sea and assisting American companies do business in China.  He was in Beijing as China spearheaded the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and continued to develop their “One Belt, One Road” policy to restore old maritime and overland trade routes. As American foreign policy shifts under the Trump Administration, Baucus is uniquely qualified to speak to the opportunities and obstacles facing the world today especially as they concern Asia.     

What's Next for America's Healthcare?

As the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014), Max Baucus authored and ushered the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) through Congress, vocal even at the time about his concerns regarding costs and lack of bipartisan support — two issues which now threaten the Act's durability under th ...

As the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014), Max Baucus authored and ushered the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) through Congress, vocal even at the time about his concerns regarding costs and lack of bipartisan support — two issues which now threaten the Act's durability under the Trump administration. Baucus discusses the intention and reality of the plan, and what American people and businesses can expect for the next version of American healthcare legislation.

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<p>Max Baucus makes headlines following keynote at LendIt Fintech Conference</p>

Max Baucus makes headlines following keynote at LendIt Fintech Conference

Max Baucus’ shrewd and informative keynote at the LendIt Fintech Conference in Shanghai, China's largest global fintech show, instantly made headline in Forbes. Addressing an audience of some 2,000 attendees, Baucus provided an optimistic assessment of U.S.-China relations, but was frank in noting that “China is leapfrogging the standard payments systems still used in the United States and other developed countries.” As a longtime Senator (1978-2013), former Chair of the Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014) and Former Ambassador to China (2014-2017), Baucus has truly unparalleled experience and insights on a wide range of top issues, including what is achievable in Washington, the global economy, and U.S.-China relations. During his keynote, Baucus shed light on why there is optimism in China and resistance to payments technology in the U.S., highlighting both obstacles and opportunities to trade between the two countries. Beyond Forbes, outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg frequently seek out Baucus’ sharp analysis on pressing issues from the ongoing Russia investigation to health care.

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<p>Max Baucus provides sharp analysis on G-20 Summit on CNBC</p>

Max Baucus provides sharp analysis on G-20 Summit on CNBC

Max Baucus provided candid and sharp analysis of President Trump's performance at the G-20 Summit on CNBC's Squawk Box. A long-time Senator (D-MT) (1978-2013) and Former Ambassador to China (2014-2017), Baucus is frequently sought-out by outlets from Bloomberg to CNBC to shed light on the day’s most pressing stories. A straight-shooter who worked in Washington under six different administrations—providing him with unparalleled insider’s experience on a tremendous range of policy issues—Baucus has become a go-to voice on hot-button issues from healthcare to North Korea. Speaking on Squawk Box, dove into the topic of the G-20 Summit, commenting on President Trump’s speech and what would hopefully come from the much-anticipated conversation with President Putin. 

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What does "America First" mean for TRADE and TAX POLICY?  These HWA speakers know the decisions facing CEOs and Congress, and the impact on American workers, our foreign policy and the economy as a whole.  These speakers are compelling keynote speakers and also fiery debaters on a panel.

Steve Forbes: CEO of Forbes media, champion of tax reform and former U.S. Presidential candidate

Max Baucus: Trade expert, Ambassador to China (2014 - 2017) & Chair of Senate Finance Committee (2007 - 2014)

Lawrence Summers: Secretary of the Treasury and Director White House Council of Economic Advisors

Alan Krueger: Jobs expert, Chairman White House Council of Economic Advisors, Chief Economist of the U.S. Treasury

Julia Gillard: Prime Minister of Australia (2010- 2013) and expert on trade in the Asian-Pacific region

Ed Balls: Chief Economic Advisor to the UK Treasury (2010 - 2015) 

Paul Tucker: Deputy Governor of the Bank of England (2009 - 2013)

Felipe Calderon: President of Mexico (2006 - 2012) and NAFTA expert

Vicente Fox: President of Mexico (200 - 2006) and NAFTA expert

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<p>Max Baucus gives his assessment of US/ China relations</p>

Max Baucus gives his assessment of US/ China relations

He speaks of the need for America to educate itself on China, and to take a strong stance on certain issues, such as drilling in the South China Seas and trade agreements."We've got to stand up for ourselves," he says. "That is, draw some lines, make it clear that after awhile, we're not going to get bullied or pushed around, because I think there are some in China who want to push the United States around. They want to bully us."

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<p>Looking for a substantive speaker on taxes and trade?  Max Baucus brings gravitas to the discussion</p>

Looking for a substantive speaker on taxes and trade?  Max Baucus brings gravitas to the discussion

MAX BAUCUS has extensive experience in Congress brokering trade deals globally, gained specific knowledge of the Asian trade environment while serving as ambassador to China.  He is a knowledgeable, substantive speaker with inside knowledge of how the deals get done and what's at stake. The first day's agenda of the White House focused on the economy, trade and jobs, withdrawing from the TPP agreement and promising to tax firms that move operations overseas.  What does this mean for corporations watching their cost structures, for consumers watching their wallets, and for American jobs?Meanwhile, Asia is marching forth with trade agreements with other nations excluding the U.S. and Brexit is shifting the European trade environment. 

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<p>U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus discusses the need for China's leadership on climate change</p>

U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus discusses the need for China's leadership on climate change

Max Baucus, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leaders from the U.S. and China convene for annual meetings on climate change.  Involving official on the local and national levels will lead to climate change improvements.

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<p>Max Baucus and Ambassadors to Asia warn this is a critical time to gain control of the Pacific economy</p>

Max Baucus and Ambassadors to Asia warn this is a critical time to gain control of the Pacific economy

These Ambassadors argue in favor of the TPP: Will we relinquish our mantle as the pre-eminent force for good in the planet’s most dynamic region? The cause for [American leaders'] concern — possible U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We believe their fears are justified, that walking away from TPP may be seen by future generations as the moment America chose to cede leadership to others in this part of the world and accept a diminished role...It would be disastrous for supporters of inclusive politics, rule of law, and market economics — and for U.S. national interests.

Read Baucus' open letter to Congress in support of America's economic muscle >>
<p>Max Baucus speaks at major outlets, offering straight-talk on healthcare, China, and tax reform</p>

Max Baucus speaks at major outlets, offering straight-talk on healthcare, China, and tax reform

Former Ambassador to China and longtime Senator to Montana, MAX BAUCUS dives into today’s most pressing issues on Bloomberg and CNBC, drawing on his expertise to offer frank and insightful analysis. As a Senator from 1978-2013, Baucus worked in Washington under six different administrations, which has provided him with remarkable experience and insight on a wide range of policy issues and the inner workings of how Congress thinks and acts. On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Baucus shares how difficult it is to get a tax plan passed through Congress, emphasizing past examples of how tax reform has only happened when presidents are fully behind it. On Bloomberg, Baucus illuminates how vastly complicated passing health care reform is based on his tremendous experience on the Senate Finance Committee, citing the two years it took to craft the Affordable Health Care Act. He also offers a warning against the border adjustment tax, and the impact it could have on U.S. relations with China. Baucus is respected both on and off the hill for his straight-shooter analysis and deep knowledge of what it takes to make and pass policy, two elements that were on brilliant display during his news appearances.

 

Watch Baucus shed light on the future of U.S.-China relations on Bloomberg >>
<p><span>Boehner and Baucus Address Top Retail CEOs at Leadership Forum </span><span>​</span></p>

Boehner and Baucus Address Top Retail CEOs at Leadership Forum 

An invitation-only event with the "who's who" of the retail industry, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Leadership Forum is the premier event for CEOs looking for valuable industry insight and revolutionary ideas from leaders in business and public policy. Since 1969, RILA has grown into an international network serving 200 member companies together representing $1.5 trillion in sales and millions of jobs, and forum attendees include CEOs of brands ranging from IBM, to Target and Lowe's. At the 2017 Forum held in Florida, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner and Former U.S Ambassador to China Max Baucus, were among the retail, technology and public policy visionaries to speak. With decades of proven success and invaluable experience, these speakers worked to shape the retail industry's upcoming agenda.  

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On January 7, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Max Sieben Baucus to be Ambassador of the United States of America to China.  The Senate confirmed him on February 6, 2014 and Vice President Joe Biden swore him in on February 21, 2014. Ambassador Baucus served until January 20, 2017.

Ambassador Baucus formerly served as the senior United States Senator from Montana.  He served in the U.S. Senate from 1978 to 2013, was Montana’s longest serving U.S. Senator, and had the third longest tenure among those serving in the U.S. Senate.  Ambassador Baucus was Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.  He was also a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and chaired its Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Ambassador Baucus was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1978.  He previously served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974.

Ambassador Baucus has extensive experience in international trade.  As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Ambassador Baucus led the passage and enactment of Free Trade Agreements with 11 countries: Australia, Bahrain, Jordan, Chile, Colombia, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore, and South Korea.  He also worked to increase U.S. exports by knocking down trade barriers and led business leaders on trade missions abroad to Germany, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Colombia, and China.  During his tenure, Ambassador Baucus was deeply involved in orchestrating congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China in 2000 and in facilitating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001. As Chairman, Baucus also authored the Affordable Care Act of 2009 (Obamacare) and was one of the conference committee authors of the Part D Medicare Prescription Drug law. He has extensive legislative background in healthcare, trade and taxation. 

Ambassador Baucus earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Stanford University.  He is married and has three children.