Bayh is a former member of the US 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
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."
Birch Bayh is a Senior
Fellow of the C. V. Starr Center for the American Experience at
Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.