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Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:14 am

Verbatim: Reaction to the death of Sen. Birch Bayh

The Journal Gazette

These statements have been issued regarding the death of former Sen. Birch Bayh:

Governor Eric J. Holcomb:

"Birch Bayh was a trailblazer who dedicated himself to improving the lives of all Hoosiers. His remarkable legislative and personal legacy transformed the country and will live on for years to come. I ask Hoosiers around the state to join me and Janet in honoring his incredible service and by keeping the Bayh family in your thoughts and prayers."

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody:

“Birch Bayh was driven by a belief in what we could accomplish given equal opportunity. That simple truth belies towering accomplishments. A United States Senator who twice amended the Constitution, father of Title IX, contributor to critical civil rights legislation. His legacy endures every day on college campuses. It endures in the form of equal opportunity, the right to vote and that all Americans deserve justice. He was a champion of Democratic values and was, in every way, a Hoosier. If you had the privilege of spending time with him when he was out helping Democratic candidates, he was always happy to share a story about his time in office. His public service is an example to all of us, and we will miss him very much. Thank you, Senator Bayh. You fought to make a difference, and you did -- immeasurably.”

Senator Mike Braun:

"Though Birch Bayh left his indelible mark on our Constitution, our universities, and the history of the United States Senate, he was first and always a Hoosier. Maureen and I are praying for the Bayh family in this difficult time."

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels:

“Birch Bayh qualifies for the mantle of greatness as a Boilermaker, Hoosier, and American in equal measure. Even for a U.S. Senator, he made an unusual imprint on our nation's history, personifying Indiana's best qualities as he did so. I am grateful to have become his friend in his post-government life, and to have enjoyed his warmth, humor and wisdom firsthand.”

U.S. Senator Todd Young:

"Birch Bayh is a modern-day founding father. He used his tenure in the Senate to push for substantive and substantial change, including two constitutional amendments and the passage of Title IX. While we remember his legacy, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bayh family."