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It is an honor to serve and represent the people of House District 44 in the Indiana General Assembly. With the many important issues facing our community today, I believe we need to work together to make Indiana the best place to live and raise a family.
As a decorated Vietnam veteran and as a member of the Commission on Military and Veteran Affairs, I understand there are many issues affecting our service men and women. In order to help those who sacrificed so much for this country, I have provided several links that I hope you find useful. Visit the District 44 tab to find information useful to veterans, located at the bottom of the page.
In order to better serve you, I would like to know what issues you find important. I encourage you to contact me with any thoughts, concerns or suggestions on how we can improve our community and state together.
House District 44
Indiana House of Representatives: 2010-Present
House District 44: Includes all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties
Ways and Means Health and Medicaid Subcommittee Chair
Agriculture and Rural Development
Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation
Address: 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
(800) 382-9841 (Toll-free)
(317) 232-9850 (Direct)
Occupation: Farmer; Owns a home healthcare agency
Education: B.S. and M.S. from Purdue University; Doctorate from the University of Kentucky
State Representative Jim Baird is a lifelong resident of District 44. Elected in November of 2010, he is proud to represent his district which includes all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
Rep. Baird stands for strong leadership and proven experience. As a lifelong Hoosier, he looks forward to opportunities to advance the quality and character of our state as a place to work and raise a family and enjoy the freedoms we hold precious.
As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Baird played an active role in the development of a balanced biennial budget without increasing taxes. He is committed to a fiscally responsible government that must live within its means and requires elected officials to make those decisions necessary to balance the budget, provide essential services and create a business climate that is conducive to economic growth. Rep. Baird recognizes that the private sector creates job growth and that sector is more likely to invest when the volatility of government is minimized.
Rep. Baird serves as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and appreciates the opportunity to use his rural background and understanding of agriculture to arrive at practical, common sense solutions to various issues facing the industry.
Rep. Baird has always been a strong advocate for agriculture. As the industry becomes more proficient, less people are needed for direct production, and the need to educate a larger percentage of our population to effective production practices increases dramatically if we are to maintain a low cost, highly nutritious food supply. Farmers and ranchers utilize extremely technical and scientific products and procedures to improve efficiencies while at the same time lower the cost of production, which ultimately benefits the consumer.
He obtained Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Purdue University and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. He worked for the Cooperative Extension Service as a livestock specialist. The position also included responsibilities for community development activities.
Rep. Baird served as a County Commissioner prior to his election to the House of Representatives. He continues to serve as an active member of numerous organizations including VFW, American Legion, Indiana Farm Bureau, OCS 2-70, The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Quarter Horse Association and former Purdue Dean of Agriculture’s Advisory Council.
He has also served his community in several other capacities, such as President, board member, and volunteer of organizations such as the Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. He was President of the Board of Directors of a mental health provider and the Rotary Club.
Rep. Baird is married to his high school sweetheart. He and his wife are the proud parents of three children, all graduates of Purdue University. As a businessman, Rep. Baird is an active farmer and also an owner of a home healthcare agency.
House District 44 includes all of Putnam County and portions of Parke, Clay, Owen and Morgan counties in central Indiana.
Helpful Links for Veterans:
STATEHOUSE- State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates the Hanson-Strietelmeier family for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair.
STATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced the 2015 interim study committee assignments. State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) was appointed to serve on the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored legislation, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1501, that allows the Invasive Species Council to continue to operate until July 2023. The Council will be able to make a greater impact on the control of invasive species of Indiana. HEA 1501 passed unanimously out of the Indiana House and Senate and was recently signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) co-authored a resolution to honor the Circle City Carvers in the House Chamber. This organization is a local chapter of the Eagle Crane Project which provides hand-carved, wooden canes to post-9/11 veterans who have experienced an injury requiring the use of a cane from combat related action.
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored legislation, House Bill (HB) 1501, to allow the Invasive Species Council to continue to operate until July 2023. If enacted, the Council would be able to make a greater impact on the control of invasive species of Indiana. HB 1501 passed unanimously out of the Indiana House on Monday and will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration and debate.
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) co-authored legislation, House Bill (HB) 1017, to benefit farmers and Indiana’s agriculture industry. If enacted, the bill would expand the weight exemptions, already allowed for certain commercial motor vehicles, to include vehicles transporting wood chips, bark, and sawdust and farm tractors. HB 1017 unanimously passed the Indiana House and will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration and debate.
STATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced standing committee assignments today for the 119th General Assembly. Standing committee assignments are made biennially after each election.