Baker, 55, the Senate majority leader, is a native Tennessean and the son of a three-term congressman. He's a lawyer, was first elected to the Senate in 1966 and was elected minority leader in 1977. He was a presidential candidate in 1980 and supported Reagan after dropping out of the race.

Kemp, 45, is a California native and former professional football player. He got his start in politics as an assistant to Reagan then California governor, in 1967, then went to the Republican National Committee before being elected to Congress in 1970. Kemp is a staunch proponent of tax cuts.

Evans, a lawyer, was first elected to Congress from Delaware in 1976 and is the president of an insurance firm in Wilmington. He's been active in presidential campaigns since Goldwater, is a close friend of Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, and his voting record is close to the Republican norm in the House.

Laxalt, 58, is a lawyer and a native of Nevada who served as that state's lieutenant governor and governor, then left public life for four years before being elected to the Senate in 1974. He managed Reagan's campaigns in 1976 and 1980. He's a strong proponent of defense and a free-market economy.