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Baron Hill

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Baron Hill
Baron Hill 111th congressional portrait.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 9
Former officeholder
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005, January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Date of birthJune 23, 1953
Place of birthSeymour, Indiana
Baron Hill was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives. He represented the 9th District of Indiana from 1999 to 2005 and 2007 to 2011.[1] He joined the public relations firm APCO Worldwide in 2011.[2]

Hill is a potential candidate for Governor of Indiana in the 2016 elections.[3]



Hill is considered a potential candidate for Governor of Indiana in the 2016 elections. In December 2014, Hill left a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. to live in Indiana full-time and consult with state Democrats about a potential run.[3]

Voting record

Frequency of voting with Democratic leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Hill voted with the House Democratic leadership 87.1 percent of the time.[4] That same analysis reported that he also voted with party leadership 90.8 percent of the time in 2010.

Washington Post analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that he voted 87.4 percent of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[5]

Specific votes

Rep. Hill supported the 2008 bailout of American automakers Chrysler and General Motors.[6] As of September 13, 2010, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43 percent supported it.[7]

In addition, Rep. Hill voted for the 2009 stimulus bill.[8] Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[9]

Hill also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[10] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[11]

Hill supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[12] Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed that it would help. Another 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.[13]

Finally, Hill voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[14] Fifty-seven percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Thirty-five percent of likely voters opposed repeal. Fifty-one percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.[15]

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