INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) had the following remarks in response to the death of former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh:

“Sen. Bayh was a true servant leader and embodied all of the values that we strive to attain in this state. His concern for and ability to relate to his constituents made him beloved by the people of the state of Indiana. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

“He was an ardent champion of equality and civil rights and led the way toward making sure that women have the same rights as men in our country. By authoring the Title IX amendment, he was instrumental in opening huge educational opportunities for women.

“Sen. Bayh understood that we cannot be a completely free country if some citizens are not given the same rights as others. By playing a vital role in crafting and passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, he showed the country that Indiana can lead the way in making sure all people are guaranteed equality under the law.”