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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:30 pm

May 1 memorial service at Statehouse for Birch Bayh

Journal Gazette

A public memorial service for former U.S. senator and Indiana state lawmaker Birch Bayh will be at noon May 1 in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

People attending should enter the Statehouse at the Capitol Street or Senate Avenue entrances.

Bayh died March 14 at the age of 91 from pneumonia at his home in Easton, Maryland.

He was a three-term Democratic senator from 1963 through 1980 who sponsored the law that banned gender discrimination in education and wrote the 25th Amendment, which established procedures for replacing a president or vice president who dies, resigns or is deemed incapacitated, and the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

Bayh, who grew up in Vigo County, was a member of the Indiana House in the 1950s and early 1960s, serving as House speaker in 1959. He was the father of former Indiana governor and U.S. senator Birch Bayh.