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Sen. Evan Bayh

Former Senator for Indiana

Bayh was a senator from Indiana and was a Democrat. He served from 1999 to 2010.

Photo of Sen. Evan Bayh [D-IN, 1999-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bayh is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2010 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Bayh sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 24, 2005 to Dec 22, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bayh was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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 (20%) Health (15%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Commerce (11%) Law (10%) Taxation (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Bayh recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Bayh voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Bayh voted Yea

Bayh voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 48/45 on Jun 4, 2008.

Bayh voted Nay

Concurrent Resolution Agreed to 51/44 on Mar 14, 2008.

Bayh voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1999 to Dec 2010, Bayh missed 77 of 3,978 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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