Senator Evan Bayh, a former two-term governor of Indiana (1989-1997) and U.S. senator (1999-2011), serves as a strategic advisor to many of the firm's most significant clients, particularly those whose business goals are impacted by the actions of Congress, the executive branch, or by governors and legislators across the country.
Senator Bayh joins McGuireWoods after voters from his home state of Indiana overwhelmingly elected him to two consecutive terms in the U.S. Senate. As a moderate Democrat, he was a leader, working in a bipartisan manner to seek consensus on several key issues, including financial services reform and healthcare. He was also a leading voice advocating fiscal restraint on government spending. Senator Bayh served on several committees, including Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Aging; and Senate Intelligence.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, he was elected to two terms as governor of Indiana, where he enacted welfare reform, cut taxes, and brought about fiscal discipline to the state's budget. He also served as Secretary of State in Indiana (1986-1989). Senator Bayh received his bachelor’s degree in business with honors from Indiana University in 1978, and received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981. In 1982, Senator Bayh clerked for the Honorable Judge James E. Noland of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
In addition to his practice at McGuireWoods, Senator Bayh is a senior advisor at Apollo Global Management in New York. Senator Bayh serves on the board of directors for Fifth Third Bank, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Berry Plastics Corporation, RLJ Lodging Trust, and McGraw Hill Education. He also serves on the advisory board for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).