FOX 26 Sports has learned that James Baker III, who has served in senior-level government positions under three United States presidents, has agreed to become the chairman of the Houston bid committee that is attempting to bring Super Bowl LI in 2017 to Reliant Stadium.
Sources with knowledge of the process told FOX 26 Baker was asked to chair the committee by Texans owner Bob McNair and Baker agreed.
The city of Houston, led by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, will bid for the 2017 Super Bowl at the NFL meetings in May in Boston.
Sources told FOX 26 Baker will be in Boston with the Houston group for the bid.
San Francisco and South Florida will bid for the 2016 Super Bowl at the same NFL meetings.
The loser in that process will then face Houston with the winner hosting Super Bowl LI.
The NFL's owners will vote on both games.
Baker was the nation's 61st secretary of state from January 1989 through August 1992 under President George H.W. Bush.
Baker then served the same administration as White House chief of staff and senior counselor to President Bush from August 1992 to January 1993.
Prior to that Baker was the 67th secretary of the treasury from 1985 to 1998 under President Ronald Reagan.
From 1981 to 1985 Baker was President Reagan's White House chief of staff.
Texans officials have not been available for comment and a spokesperson for Baker said there would be no comment from his office.