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Evan Bayh
Former U.S. Senator from Indiana (1999 - 2011) and currently an outside consultant to the United States Chamber of Commerce.


Evan Bayh Biography

ENG:  Birch Evans "Evan" Bayh III (born December 26, 1955) is a lawyer, advisor and former Democratic politician who served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011. He earlier served as the 46th Governor of Indiana. Bayh is a current Fox News contributor as of March 14, 2011.

Bayh first held public office as the Secretary of State of Indiana, elected in 1986. He held the position for only two years before being elected Governor where he successfully advocated for state welfare reform, tax cuts, and fiscal discipline. He left his office after completing two terms and briefly took a job lecturing at Indiana University Kelley School of Business, before being elected to the U.S. Senate seat once held by his father, Birch Bayh.

On February 15, 2010, Bayh announced he would not seek reelection to the Senate in 2010. After leaving the Senate, he became a partner with the law firm McGuireWoods in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. He also serves as a senior advisor with Apollo Global Management, and is a Fox News Contributor.



Bayh was born in Shirkieville, Indiana, to Birch Bayh, who was a U.S. Senator from 1963 to 1981, and his wife Marvella Belle Hern. Bayh attended St. Albans School in Washington, DC, and graduated with honors in business economics and public policy from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1978. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. Bayh has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in California.


He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981, and clerked for a federal judge before entering private law practice in Indianapolis.

Bayh and his wife, Susan, have twin sons, born in 1995.Susan Bayh serves on numerous corporate boards, including health insurance giant Wellpoint.


United States Senator from Indiana

Bayh was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998 to the seat that was once held by his father. He won with 64% of the vote, the largest ever Democratic victory margin in a U.S. Senate race in Indiana, defeating former Fort Wayne Mayor Paul Helmke. He easily won reelection in 2004 defeating Prof. Marvin Scott, receiving 62% of the vote. He currently serves on five Senate committees: Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, on which he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance; Armed Services; the Select Committee on Intelligence; the Special Committee on Aging; and the Small Business Committee.

Bayh released an autobiography in 2003 entitled From Father to Son: A Private Life in the Public Eye. He describes growing up as the son of Senator Birch Bayh and emphasizes the importance of active, responsible fatherhood.


From 2001 to 2005, Bayh served as Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). He is also a member of the Senate Centrist Coalition, helped establish the New Democrat Coalition, and founded the Moderate Dems Working Group.Bayh also served on the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Bayh has voted against confirming United States Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. 


Bayh was an early supporter of the Bush administration's policies on Iraq.On October 2, 2002, Bayh joined President George W. Bush and Congressional leaders in a Rose Garden ceremony announcing their agreement on the joint resolution authorizing the Iraq War, and was thanked by Bush and Senator John McCain for co-sponsoring the resolution.

Senator Bayh began asking for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation in 2004 for his mistakes in the Iraq war. Bayh made it clear that he had lost confidence in Rumsfeld.

He voted yes on reauthorizing the Patriot Act in 2006.



On February 15, 2010, Bayh announced he would not seek reelection to a third Senate term in the November 2, 2010 midterm election, despite a strong cash position with approximately $13 million in the bank.Because he made his announcement the day before the deadline for filing for the primary, no Democrat was able to gather a sufficient number of signatures to qualify for the primary ballot, so the Democratic nominee was chosen by the state party committee.


On March 14, 2011, it was announced that Bayh would become a contributor to Fox News Channel.

On June 7, 2011, it was reported that Bayh would become an outside consultant to the United States Chamber of Commerce.





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