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Birch Bayh
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United States Senator
from Indiana
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Homer Capehart
Succeeded by Dan Quayle
Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives
In office
November 5, 1958 – November 9, 1960
Preceded by George Diener
Succeeded by Richard Guthrie
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the Vigo County district
In office
November 3, 1954 – November 7, 1962
Preceded by John Brentlinger
Succeeded by Hubert Werneke
Personal details
Born
Birch Evans Bayh Jr.

(1928-01-22)January 22, 1928
Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
Died March 14, 2019(2019-03-14) (aged 91)
Easton, Maryland, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery (not yet interred as of February 2020)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Marvella Hern
(m. 1952; died 1979)

Kitty Halpin (m. 1981)
Children 2, including Evan
Education Purdue University (BS)
Indiana State University
Indiana University Bloomington (LLB)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1946–1948
Rank Private (1st Class)

Birch Evans Bayh, Jr. (January 22, 1928 – March 14, 2019) was an American politician. He served as a United States senator of Indiana. He served as senator from 1963 to 1981. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana.

He ran for President of the United States in 1976, but lost to Jimmy Carter during the primary. He was known for co-authoring and introducing Title IX to the Senate.

Bayh authored the twenty-fifth and the twenty-sixth amendments to the United States Constitution. His is the only non-founding father to author two amendments. He also proposed to remove the electoral college and to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Bayh lost his re-election bid in 1980 to future Vice President Dan Quayle with a vote margin of 53.8% to 46.2%.

Bayh's son, Evan, is a former Indiana governor and senator.

Bayh died on March 14, 2019 in Easton, Maryland from pneumonia, aged 91.

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