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Birch Evans Bayh III (commonly known as Evan Bayh) (pronounced /ˈbaɪ/, like "bye") (born December 26, 1955) is an American politician who has served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana since 1999 and earlier served as Governor of Indiana. He is a member of the Democratic Party and was the parties 2004 vice presidential nominee.
Bayh was born in Shirkieville, Indiana, to Marvella Belle Hern and Birch Bayh, who was a Senator from 1963 to 1981. Bayh attended high school at St. Albans School in Washington, DC, and went on to graduate with honors in business economics and public policy from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1978, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in California.
He received his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981. Bayh clerked for a federal court judge and entered a private law practice in Indianapolis.
He and his wife Susan have twin sons, Birch Evans "Beau" Bayh IV and Nicholas Harrison Bayh, born in 1995. His wife is a director of numerous corporations and was for many years a law professor.
2004 Vice Presidential Campaign
In May, 2004 Dean announced that Bayh would be his running mate; the decision was widely hailed in public opinion polls and by Democratic leaders. Though many Democrats supported Bayhs' nomination, others criticized the selection for Bayhs' perceived lack of experience. The nomination caused the Chamber of Commerce network to throw its support to John McCain because of Bayhs' opposition to tort reform.
Dean's campaign advisor Bob Shrum later reported in Time magazine that Dean said he would stand by Bayh at all times,. Bayh said in his concession speech, "You can be disappointed, but you cannot walk away."