|Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives |
from Indiana's 4th district
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Todd Rokita|
|Member of the IndianaHouseofRepresentatives |
from the 44th district
November 16, 2010 –November 20, 2018
|Preceded by||Nancy Michael|
|Succeeded by||Beau Baird|
|Member of the |
Putnam County Commission
from the 2nd district
|Preceded by||Dennis O'Hair|
|Succeeded by||Nancy Fogle|
James Richard Baird
June 4, 1945
Covington, Indiana, U.S.
|Education|| Purdue University (BS, MS)|
University of Kentucky (PhD)
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1969–1972|
|Unit||523rd Transportation Company|
|Awards|| Bronze Star |
James Richard Baird 4th congressional district . Before being elected to Congress, Baird served from 2010 to 2018 as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives. 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.(born June 4, 1945) is an American businessman and politician who serves as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's
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.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.
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.He earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. In 2012, the 523rd Transportation Company was inducted into the Transportation Corps Hall of Fame for its heroism during Operation Lam Son 719.
He ran for Putnam County Commissioner in 2006 and defeated the incumbent, Dennis O'Hair, in the primary.Baird represented Marion Township, Greencastle Township, Madison Township, and Clinton Township. He served as Commissioner for the second district until his election to the State House in 2010. He was succeeded by Nancy Fogle. The American Conservative Union gave him a lifetime legislative evaluation of 82% in 2017.
Baird ran for Indiana's 4th congressional district in 2018.The seat was vacated by Todd Rokita in his unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate. Baird won the GOP primary on May 8, 2018. He won the election on November 6, 2018.
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 prevailedover 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.
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."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."
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.
Baird resides in Greencastle,an outer suburb of Indianapolis.
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| Member of the Putnam County Commission|
from the 2nd district
|Indiana House of Representatives|
| Member of the Indiana House of Representatives |
from the 44th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Indiana's 4th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States representatives by seniority |
|116th||Senate: T. Young • M. Braun||House: P. Visclosky • A. Carson • L. Bucshon • S. Brooks • J. Walorski • J. Banks • T. Hollingsworth • J. Baird • G. Pence|
|117th||Senate: T. Young • M. Braun||House: A. Carson • L. Bucshon • J. Walorski • J. Banks • T. Hollingsworth • J. Baird • G. Pence • F. Mrvan • V. Spartz|