Meet Evan Bayh, U.S. Senator from Indiana who is in play as a potential Barack Obama running mate. Read his biography and see photos and a video of him below.

UPDATE (8.4.2008): Obama is scheduled to be in Indiana on Wednesday and will be meeting with Evan Bayh. There is a great deal of speculation that he will announce Bayh as his running mate at that time. The general consensus is that they want to make the announcement before Friday so that the news doesn’t get overshadowed by the Olympics.


Barack Obama was at Perdue University in Indiana today to discuss national security issues. The Q&A foused much more on his choice of a running mate than on national security. The fact that he chose to have this forum in Indiana and to include Sam Nunn of Georgia and Evan Bayh of Indiana, both on the short list of potential vice presidential choices, only fueled the speculation.

Of course, both Bayh and Nunn coyly non-answered questions about their vice presidential aspirations in a manner befitting professional politicians.

Evan Bayh Biography

Birch Evans Bayh III was born on December 26, 1955 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is 53-years-old. He is the son of Birch Bayh and Marvella Belle Hern Bayh. His father served in the United States Senate from 1963 until 1981. His father ran for the presidency in 1976 but lost the democratic nomination to then Governor Jimmy Carter.

Bayh attended high school at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. In 1978, he graduated with honors in business economics and public policy from the Indiana University School of Business. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1981. He clerked for a federal court judge and started out in private practice in Indianapolis.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Bayh went into politics in 1986 when he was elected Indiana’s Secretary of State. He served as Governor of Indiana from January 9, 1989 to January 13, 1997. When he was elected governor, he was the youngest governor in the country. Following serving two terms as governor, he returned to the private sector. In 1998, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He was re-elected in 2004.

He authored a book on his life growing up in the public eye as a politicians son and then choosing that life for himself and his family. Evan Bayh: From Father to Son.

He married Susan Breshears on April 13, 1985. The couple have twin sons who were born on November 9, 1995, Birch Evans Bayh IV (‘Beau’) and Nicholas Harrison Bayh. His wife is a law professor and serves on several corporate boards.

Evan Bayh – Video