James Baird

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James Baird
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 44
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$22,660.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPurdue University
Master'sPurdue University
Ph.D.University of Kentucky
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
James (Jim) Baird is a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Baird's professional experience includes working as owner and manager of Baird Family Farms, program director, monogastric nutritionist, livestock specialist and extension agent. Baird served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army in the Vietnam War.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Baird served on the following committees:

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Rural Development
Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation
Ways and Means


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Baird served on these committees:



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Baird won election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 44. Baird ran unopposed in the May 8 Republican primary and defeated Richard Thompson (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Baird Incumbent 65.1% 15,763
     Democratic Richard Thompson 34.9% 8,459
Total Votes 24,222


See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Baird defeated Democratic candidate Nancy Michael and Libertarian candidate Dennis Beatty with 9,668 votes. Michael received 7,322 votes and Beatty received 697 votes. [3] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Baird ran unopposed in the May 4 Republican primary and received 5,843 votes. [4]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 44 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Baird (R) 9,668
Nancy Michael (D) 7,322
Dennis Beatty (L) 697S

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Baird is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Baird raised a total of $380,012 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[5]

James Baird's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 44 Won $22,937
2010 Indiana State House, District 44 Won $357,075
Grand Total Raised $380,012


Baird won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Baird raised a total of $22,937.


In 2010, Baird raised $357,075 in contributions. [6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Aiming Higher PAC $131,718
Hoosiers For Economic Growth $78,720
House Republican Campaign Cmte Of Indiana $64,040
Indiana Chamber Of Commerce $38,887


Baird and his wife, Denise, have three children. He has served on the board of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the Indiana Farm Bureau, and his local board of zoning appeals. He also currently serves as a Putnam County Commissioner.

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Preceded by
Nancy Michael
Indiana House District 44
Succeeded by