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Jim Baird (politician)

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Jim Baird
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byTodd Rokita
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 44th district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 20, 2018
Preceded byNancy Michael
Succeeded byBeau Baird
Personal details
James Richard Baird

(1945-06-04) June 4, 1945 (age 78)
Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseDanise Baird
Children3, including Beau
Residence(s)Greencastle, Indiana, U.S.
EducationPurdue University (BS, MS)
University of Kentucky (PhD)
WebsiteHouse website
Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1969–1972[1]
First lieutenant
Unit523rd Transportation Company[2]
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsBronze Star
Purple Heart
Academic background
ThesisEffects of lactose, dried whey, enzyme supplementation and presoaking of the diet on early-weaned pig performance and nutrient utilization (1983)

James Richard Baird[3] (born June 4, 1945)[4] is an American businessman and politician who serves as the U.S. representative from Indiana's 4th congressional district. Before being elected to Congress, Baird served from 2010 to 2018 as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives[5] and as a Putnam County commissioner from 2006 to 2010. A Vietnam veteran, Baird was elected to Congress on November 6, 2018.[6]

Early life and education

Baird was born in 1945 to William (1916-1989) and Martha Ewbank Baird (1924-1998). William was born in Scotland.[7] Baird graduated from Turkey Run High School in 1963, participating in 4-H and Future Farmers of America. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Purdue University in 1967 and a Master's of Science in animal science from Purdue in 1969. After the Vietnam War, Baird earned a PhD in animal science monogastric nutrition from the University of Kentucky in 1975.

Military service

Baird served in the ROTC at Purdue University from 1963 to 1965. He attended the Officer Candidate School Class 2–70 at Fort Benning and Jungle Warfare School in Panama from 1969 to 1970, and was commissioned in the Infantry.[8] The United States Army was sending infantry divisions home when Second Lieutenant Baird arrived in Vietnam in 1970. Because of the excess of Infantry officers, he was assigned to the 523rd Transportation Company (Light Truck) at Cha Rang Valley. Baird and the other officers were highly respected by the men because they shared the same risks and burdens.[9]

The truck companies of the 8th Transportation Group delivered cargo along the most heavily ambushed road in Vietnam, QL19, through the Central Highlands in northern II Corps Tactical Zone. The 523rd had five 5-ton gun trucks at the time. The Group Commander considered the 523rd his best truck company and when instructed to send two light truck companies north to I Corps Tactical Zone for the upcoming Laotian Incursion, Operation Lam Son 719, in February through April 1971, he chose to send his best. The 523rd was attached to the 39th Transportation Battalion and stationed at the abandoned Marine Corps base Camp Vandergrift. During the two-and-a-half-month incursion into Laos, the North Vietnamese Army tried to close down the supply route with 23 convoy ambushes. Baird fought in two of the operation's deadliest ambushes and lost his left arm during the convoy ambush on March 12, 1971.[10][11][9] He earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.[2] In 2012, the 523rd Transportation Company was inducted into the Transportation Corps Hall of Fame for its heroism during Operation Lam Son 719.[12][13]

Baird was fondly nicknamed "pig farmer" by fellow infantrymen because of his passion for breeding pigs.[14]

Badges, medals, and ribbons


From 1974 to 1983, Baird served as a Purdue University extension agent for Putnam County.[15] Baird is the owner of Baird Family Farms, Triple Tree Enterprises, Inc. (a gas station operator in Crawfordsville), and Indiana Home Care Plus of Greencastle, a home health agency. He previously worked as an animal nutritionist at Landmark Cooperative, a feed manufacturer, and as director of sales and nutrition at Agmax.

Baird ran for Putnam County commissioner in 2006 and defeated the incumbent, Dennis O'Hair, in the primary.[16] He represented Marion Township, Greencastle Township, Madison Township, and Clinton Township.[17] He served as commissioner for the second district until his election to the State House in 2010. He was succeeded by Nancy Fogle.[18] The American Conservative Union gave him a lifetime legislative evaluation of 82% in 2017.

Indiana House of Representatives

Baird represented House District 44, including Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen, and Parke counties, from 2010 until 2018. He served as a member of the Ways and Means Committee—chairing the Health and Medicaid Subcommittee—the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Veteran Affairs and Public Safety, the Environmental Affairs Committee, and the Statutory Committee on Ethics.

U.S. House of Representatives



Baird ran for Indiana's 4th congressional district in 2018.[19] The seat was vacated by Todd Rokita in his unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate. Baird won the May 8 Republican primary[20][11] and the November 6 general election.


Baird was reelected in 2020 with 66.6% of the vote.[21]


Baird was reelected in 2022 with 68.2% of the vote.


Baird was the second-oldest member of the 116th Congress freshman class, after Democrat Donna Shalala, who was born in 1941.

In December 2020, Baird was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[22] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[23][24][25]

Baird is one of three deployed Vietnam War veterans currently serving in the House, the others being Jack Bergman and Mike Thompson.

Baird voted to provide Israel with support following 2023 Hamas attack on Israel.[26][27]

Baird was ranked the Republican Member of Congress with highest turnover of 2023—second most over all in the House—per LegiStorm's Worst Bosses Index, at three times the House average.[28][29]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[30]

Caucus membership

Electoral history

Republican primary results, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Baird 29,316 36.6
Republican Steve Braun 23,594 29.4
Republican Diego Morales 11,994 15.0
Republican Jared Thomas 8,453 10.5
Republican Kevin Grant 3,667 4.6
Republican James Nease 2,096 2.6
Republican Tim Radice 1,022 1.3
Total votes 80,142 100.0
Indiana's 4th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Baird 156,539 64.1
Democratic Tobi Beck 87,824 35.9
Total votes 244,363 100.0
Republican hold
Indiana's 4th congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Baird 225,531 66.6
Democratic Joe Mackey 112,984 33.4
Total votes 338,515 100.0
Republican hold
Indiana's 4th congressional district, 2022
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Baird* 134,442 68.2
Democratic Roger Day 62,668 31.8
Total votes 197,110 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

Baird is married to Danise née Swain, a registered nurse who graduated from Purdue University in 1968.[40] Baird has three children: daughter Vanessa Lee Norsworthy, born 1968, and sons Stacey Gilbert, born 1972, and Jason Beau, born 1981. Baird's son, Beau, was elected chair of the Putnam County Republican Party in March 2017. Beau ran to replace him in the Indiana House of Representatives. Beau won the election on November 6, 2018.[41][42]

Baird resides outside of Greencastle in Clinton Township.[43] Baird has attended Gobin United Methodist Church in Greencastle since 1975.[44]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis O'Hair
Member of the Putnam County Commission
from the 2nd district

Succeeded by
Nancy Fogle
Indiana House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 44th district

Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by United States representatives by seniority
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