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Congressman Carson Statement on the Passing of Senator Birch Bayh

Mar 14, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman André Carson (D-IN) released this statement following the death of former Indiana Senator Birch Bayh, who represented the state in the U.S. Senate from 1963 to 1981.

“Today, we mourn the passing of Senator Birch Bayh, a giant of Indiana politics, and celebrate the indelible legacy he leaves behind. At a time when our nation needed strong leaders to help advance progressive ideals, Birch Bayh rose to the challenge, proving himself a fearless champion of those values. His tireless work on behalf of civil rights, women’s equality, expanding access to the ballot box, and more have benefitted so many and continue to inspire my work in Congress.

“Today, in a similarly turbulent political era when we continue fighting the forces of bigotry and discrimination, I pledge to build on his legacy, strengthening his message to the world that Indiana stands against hate and intolerance, and for good governance.

“I send my deepest sympathies to his loved ones, including his sons, former Senator Evan Bayh and Chris Bayh, and their families, during this difficult time. As Hoosiers and all Americans grieve this loss, we also thank Birch Bayh for a life well lived in service of others.”