Robert Blaemire will talk about his new biography of the late Birch Bayh—Birch Bayh: Making a Difference.
Blaemire began working for Senator Birch Bayh while a freshman in college & remained on his staff for the next 13 years. After Bayh’s election defeat in 1980, Blaemire formed a political action committee, the Committee for American Principles, to combat the influence of the New Right in American politics.
In Birch Bayh, Blaemire charts Bayh’s career which was dedicated to issues facing Indiana & the nation, including civil rights & equal rights for women. Bayh served more than 25 years in the Indiana General Assembly (1954–1962) & the United States Senate (1963–1981). His influence was seen in landmark legislation over his tenure, including Title IX, the 25th Amendment, the 26th Amendment, Civil Rights of the Institutionalized, Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act, & the Bayh-Dole Act. Bayh was also the author, chief Senate sponsor, & floor leader of the Equal Rights Amendment & successfully led the opposition to two Nixon nominees to the Supreme Court.