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Sen. Birch Bayh

Former Senator from Indiana, Democrat

Bayh, a Democrat, was a senator from Indiana from 1963 to 1980.

Photo of Sen. Birch Bayh [D-IN, 1963-1980]


Our unique analysis of the bills Bayh sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 1980. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Bayh is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Bayh was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bayh sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (34%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (11%) Social Welfare (9%) Commerce (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Law (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Bayh’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Dec 1980, Bayh missed 1,899 of 7,907 roll call votes, which is 24.0%. This is much worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: