Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, dies at 91

Former Sen. Birch Bayh

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A former U.S. Senator from Indiana, who served from 1963 to 1981, has died at age 91. Birch Bayh died of pneumonia early Thursday morning. The politician was also the principal author of the 25th Amendment, which establishes presidential succession, and 26th Amendment, which set the voting age at 18.

A strong advocate for women’s rights, Bayh also authored Title IX, which for the first time in 1972, prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in the classroom and on the athletic field. Bayh was the father of two-term Senator and former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh.

Birch Bayh, State Network Sources

Governor Eric Holcomb said in a statement Thursday morning, “Birch Bayh was a trailblazer who dedicated himself to improving the lives of all Hoosiers…his work transformed the country and will live on for years to come.”

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