Birch E. Bayh, II

Notable Facts

  • Served as Speaker of the House in the 91st General Assembly (1958-1960)

Offices

Indiana House
Vigo County
In office
Nov 3, 1954 to Nov 7, 1962

Party: Democratic
Assumed: General Election
U.S. Senate
Class 3
In office
Jan 3, 1963 to Jan 3, 1981

Party: Democratic
Assumed: General Election
Left: Lost Reelection Bid
Birch E. Bayh, II spent 26 years, 11 days in office in Indiana, including 18 years, 5 days at the federal level and 8 years, 6 days at the state level.

Elections

1962–U.S. Senate (Class 3) WON
General Election–Tuesday, November 6, 1962
50.30%
Birch E. Bayh, II*, Democratic, 905,491 votes
49.70%
Homer Capehart (i), Republican, 894,547 votes
Out of 1,800,038 votes casts, the margin of victory was 10,944 (0.60%)
1968–U.S. Senate (Class 3) WON
General Election–Tuesday, November 5, 1968
51.65%
Birch E. Bayh, II (i)*, Democratic, 1,060,456 votes
48.15%
William Doyle Ruckleshaus, Republican, 988,571 votes
 0.14%
L. Earl Malcom, Prohibition, 2,844 votes
 0.06%
Ralph Levitt, Socialist Workers, 1,247 votes
Out of 2,053,118 votes casts, the margin of victory was 71,885 (3.50%)
1974–U.S. Senate (Class 3) WON
General Election–Tuesday, November 5, 1974
50.73%
Birch E. Bayh, II (i)*, Democratic, 889,269 votes
46.44%
Richard Lugar, Republican, 814,117 votes
 2.83%
Don L. Lee, American, 49,592 votes
Out of 1,752,978 votes casts, the margin of victory was 75,152 (4.29%)
1980–U.S. Senate (Class 3) LOST
General Election–Tuesday, November 4, 1980
53.79%
Dan Quayle*, Republican, 1,182,414 votes
46.21%
Birch E. Bayh, II (i), Democratic, 1,015,962 votes
Out of 2,198,376 votes casts, the margin of victory was 166,452 (7.58%)
In the 4 races we have results for, Birch E. Bayh, II had a record of 3-1. That includes a record of 3-1 in 4 general elections.