U.S. Politician, Former Presidential Candidate, Passes Away After Battling Pneumonia

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March 14, 2019Mar 14, 2019

A career politician and former U.S. Senator has just passed away. According to reports, Sen. Birch Bayh has died at the age of 91.

Birch had previously been battling pneumonia in recent weeks. His family made the announcement after he passed on Thursday.

"Bayh, the father of former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), served three terms in the Senate. He died Thursday morning at his home in Easton, Md.," according to The Washington Post.

His son has now opened up on his father's legacy.

“He had a natural sympathy for the underdog and the downtrodden. So that’s why he always tried to champion opportunity and decency for people who are born without a lot of either,” Evan Bayh told the Indy Star.

“My father was an extrovert who was devoted to his fellow citizens and trying to make their lives better — and he succeeded. And I can’t imagine a better legacy," he added.

Birch is also well-known for authoring two constitutional amendments during his time in Congress. He then ran for President but was ultimately defeated. He became a member of the Senate following that campaign. He left the Senate in 1980 but always stayed connected to Washington and to his political beliefs and goals.

"Before serving in the Senate, Birch Bayh served four terms as a member of the U.S. House. He would later go on to run for president in 1976, with the Democratic nomination ultimately being secured by former President Carter," reported The Hill.

Please join us in praying for his family during this sad time. We pray they are comforted by the Lord and their many happy memories with Birch.

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