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January 22, 1928 - March 14, 2019

Birch Bayh was a member of the U.S. Senate from Indiana, 1962-1981, 
and the Indiana State Legislature, 1954-1962   
  • Author, Twenty-fifth Amendment to the US Constitution on Presidential & Vice Presidential succession  
  • Author, Twenty-sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18
  • Author, Title IX to the Higher Education Act, landmark legislation that prohibits discrimination based on gender
  • Author, the Bayh-Dole Act, which decentralized management of federally funded inventions out of Washington and into the hands of universities and small companies.  The Economist called Senator Bayh's legislation "possibly the most inspired legislation to be enacted in America over the past half century," and a Wall Street Journal article touted Bayh-Dole as one of the "Three Policies that Gave Us the Jobs Ecomony."

  • Author, Equal Rights Amendment, which passed Congress, but has not yet been ratified by the states.



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