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Rep. James Baird

Representative for Indiana’s 4th District

pronounced jaymz // baird


Baird is the representative for Indiana’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Baird is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Baird is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 election, Baird joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Baird voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States.
Photo of Rep. James Baird [R-IN4]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Baird.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Baird is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Baird has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Apr 12, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 81% League of Conservation Voters: 3% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

James Baird sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Baird sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (100%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Baird voted Yea

Passed 247/174 on Mar 18, 2021.

Baird voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due ...

Baird voted Yea

Baird voted Nay

Baird voted Aye

Passed 260/165 on Dec 11, 2019.

Baird voted Nay

Passed 403/16 on Oct 29, 2019.

Baird voted Nay

Baird voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Apr 2021, Baird missed 9 of 1,052 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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