Jim Baird (politician)

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Jim Baird
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Indiana's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Todd Rokita
Member of the IndianaHouseofRepresentatives
from the 44th district
In office
November 16, 2010 November 20, 2018
Preceded by Nancy Michael
Succeeded by Beau Baird
Member of the
Putnam County Commission
from the 2nd district
In office
2006–2010
Preceded byDennis O'Hair
Succeeded byNancy Fogle
Personal details
Born
James Richard Baird

(1945-06-04) June 4, 1945 (age 76)
Covington, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Danise Baird
Children3
Education Purdue University (BS, MS)
University of Kentucky (PhD)
Website House website
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Army.svg  United States Army
Years of service1969–1972 [1]
Rank US-O2 insignia.svg First lieutenant
Unit523rd Transportation Company [2]
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Bronze Star
Purple Heart

James Richard Baird [3] (born June 4, 1945) [4] is an American businessman and politician who serves as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives 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] He previously served as commissioner for Putnam County, Indiana from 2006 to 2010. A Vietnam veteran, Baird was elected to Congress on November 6, 2018. [6]

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Military service

Jim 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. [7] 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. [8]

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 a total of 23 convoy ambushes. Baird fought in two of the deadliest ambushes of the operation, and lost his left arm during the convoy ambush on March 12, 1971. [9] [10] [8] 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. [11]

Political career

He ran for Putnam County Commissioner in 2006 and defeated the incumbent, Dennis O'Hair, in the primary. [12] Baird represented Marion Township, Greencastle Township, Madison Township, and Clinton Township. [13] He served as Commissioner for the second district until his election to the State House in 2010. He was succeeded by Nancy Fogle. [14] The American Conservative Union gave him a lifetime legislative evaluation of 82% in 2017.

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

Baird ran for Indiana's 4th congressional district in 2018. [15] The seat was vacated by Todd Rokita in his unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate. Baird won the GOP primary on May 8, 2018. [16] [10] He won the election on November 6, 2018.

Tenure

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 who signed 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 prevailed [17] over 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 the election held by another state. [18] [19] [20]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Baird and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions." [21] [22] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Baird and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit. Pascrell argued that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that." [23]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Republican primary results
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican James Baird 29,316 36.6
Republican Steve Braun 23,59429.4
Republican Diego Morales11,99415.0
Republican Jared Thomas8,45310.5
Republican Kevin Grant3,6674.6
Republican James Nease2,0962.6
Republican Tim Radice1,0221.3
Total votes80,142 100.0
Indiana's 4th congressional district, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican James Baird 156,539 64.1
Democratic Tobi Beck87,82435.9
Total votes244,363 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

Baird's son, Beau, was elected Chairman 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. [25] [26]

Baird resides in Greencastle, [27] an outer suburb of Indianapolis.

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

2006–2010
Succeeded by
Nancy Fogle
Indiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nancy Michael
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 44th district

2010–2018
Succeeded by
Beau Baird
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Todd Rokita
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Cindy Axne
United States representatives by seniority
301st
Succeeded by
Tim Burchett