|Former Governor of Indiana|
From: January 9, 1989 – January 13, 1997
|Predecessor||Robert D. Orr|
|U.S. Senator from Indiana|
From: January 6, 1999 - January 5, 2011
Birch Evans Bayh III (commonly known as Evan Bayh), born December 26, 1955 (age 61), served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1999 until 2011 and was Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Bayh was frequently mentioned as a potential candidate for the 2008 Presidential Election. He did not run but instead endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton.
After dropping his remote presidential ambitions, Bayh moved sharply to the right in 2009. Indeed, Bayh's voting record in 2009 scored him as the single most conservative Democrat in the Senate. He was one of seven Democrats voting against abortion funding in the health care package, and one of three voting against the $410 billion omnibus spending bill.
On February 15, 2010, Bayh announced he would not seek reelection.
Record and Political Views
- Abortion: Evan Bayh is a supporter of abortion rights, earning him a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. However, he has taken some moderate stances on the issue, such as voting to ban partial birth abortions and voting to notify parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
- Economy: As Governor of Indiana, Bayh governed as a fiscal conservative. He not only signed the largest tax cut in the state's history, but went eight years without a single tax increase. He left office with the largest budget surplus in state history. As a Senator, however, Bayh's record was more liberal. He voted against permanent repeal of the death tax, and for raising the capital gains tax. In 2007, he earned a D from the National Taxpayers Union. Bayh also supported Barack Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
- Foreign Policy: In 2002, Bayh voted with the majority of the Senate for the "Iraq War Resolution" authorizing President George W. Bush to go to war against Iraq and disarm Saddam Hussein. However, he later became a war critic. Bayh wants sanctions on Iran.
- Chris Cillizza, "Evan Bayh's political crossroads," Washington Post Dec. 9, 2009