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Jim Baird: Veteran, Congressman from Indiana

Jim Baird

Jim Baird is a Republican who has won a seat in the US House of Representatives in Indiana’s 4th Congressional District. He has previously served in the Indiana House of Representatives and as Commissioner for Putnam County, Indiana.

About Jim Baird

James R. Baird (Jim) was born in 1945 in Indiana and currently lives in Greencastle, IN with his wife, and he has three children. His son Beau was elected to replace him in the Indiana House of Representatives, District 44.


He received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Purdue University in 1967. He then went on to receive his Master of Science in Animal Science from Purdue in 1969. He then received his PhD in Animal Science Monogastric Nutrition in 1975 from the University of Kentucky after his time in the military.

Military Career

Jim was in the ROTC while at Purdue University from 1963 to 1965. After that he went to Basic Training at Fort Dix, and then to AIT at Fort Leonard Wood.  He then went to OCS 2-70 at Fort Benning from 1969 to 1970. He returned to Fort Leonard Wood and served as an officer in a troop training battalion. He received orders for Vietnam to serve as 1st Lieutenant in the 523rd Transportation Company and was there from 1970 to 1971. He received a Bronze Star with V device, a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster, a Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, an Army Commendation Medal with V Device, a National Defense Service Medal, a Meritorious Unit Citation, a Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for valorous combat achievement, a Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, and earned Expert Rifleman, and Expert in Jungle Warfare.

Political Career

Jim started his political career by being elected for Putnam County Commissioner in 2006. He served as Commissioner until 2010 when he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. He did not seek re-election for that office in 2018 because of his run for the US House of Representatives. At the start of the 2017 legislative session, he served on the Agriculture and Rural Development, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety, and Ways and Means committees.

In addition to politics, Jim Baird is also a businessman and farmer. He has owned Baird Family Farms since 1980, and is the Owner of Indiana Home Care Plus since 1984. He was previously the Swine Program Director of the Feed Division, Landmark Cooperative Director of Sales and Nutrition, Agmax in Frankfort, Indiana from 1987-1992. He also worked as an Agriculture and Community Development Agent, at the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service in Greencastle, Indiana from 1975-1988.

Political Outlook

Jim Baird believes we need new leaders in Washington who will stand up for West Central Indiana and get things done for the American people. He is a proud Vietnam veteran and got into government because he wanted to know where his tax money was being spent. His goals are to end ObamaCare, protect the country’s borders, and strengthen the military. He can bring his business, farming, and military background to his office to work for change.

Jim Baird won against Democrat Tobi Beck in Indiana’s 4th Congressional District.