by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/14/19, 12:55 pm
Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., who championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in education, died from pneumonia at his home in Maryland on Thursday. He was 91. The liberal Democrat won three narrow U.S. Senate elections in Indiana, starting in 1962, a time when Republicans won the state in four of the five U.S. presidential elections. Bayh’s hold on the seat ended with a loss to Dan Quayle, future vice president of the United States, in 1980. His son, Evan Bayh, followed him into politics and became Indiana’s governor and a U.S. senator.