Baron Hill

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Baron Hill previously served the 9th Congressional district of Indiana

Baron P. Hill, a Democrat, is a former U.S. Representative for the 9th Congressional district of Indiana, having served from 1999 to 2005 and 2007 to 2011. (map)[1][2]

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Hill voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[3]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Ethics reform

Just days before Congress took their Easter recess in April 2007; Hill introduced legislation calling for the dissolution of the House Ethics Committee. The bill would replace the committee with an outside, independent panel of former Members who are not lobbyists. [1]

On June 1, 2007, following the recommendation of a special task force, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her intention to create an independent ethics commission that would allow outside groups to file complaints against members of Congress, which previously could only be filed by other members. The commission, as proposed, would consist of a four-person panel and could filter complaints, but would have no judging authority or subpoena power. Implementation of the new commission was delayed, however, as many members were worried by the ability of non-members to submit complaints, fearing the change would be abused with politically motivated attacks. Fifty-three House members signed onto an alternative piece of ethics legislation, introduced by Rep. Hill, which would create a powerful investigative panel consisting of 12 former representatives, but would only allow complaints from sitting members.

Main article: Prospects for Ethics Reform in the 110th Congress


Hill was born in Seymour, Indiana in 1953. He was a three-sport star at Seymour High School, where he was all-state in football and basketball. He accepted an athletic scholarship to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1975. After graduation, he moved back to Seymour and joined his family's insurance and real estate business.

Hill is married to Betty Schepman, a public school math teacher. They have three adult daughters.

Political career

Hill was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1982 to 1990. He served as chairman of the Caucus Campaign Committee, where he played a prominent role in building a Democratic majority in the House. In 1990, Hill lost a U.S. Senate bid to incumbent Republican Senator Dan Coats, 54-46 percent. Hill made a name for himself during that campaign by walking the length of the state, from the Ohio River to Lake Michigan, to meet with voters.

Hill was elected to the House in November 1998. He defeated Republican Jean Leising, 51%-48%, winning the seat vacated by retiring Democratic Representative Lee Hamilton. In 2001, Hill voted for the No Child Left Behind Act, which passed the House 384-45. He later said he was in favor of scrapping it, calling it a "more or less of a federal takeover of our system."

In 2002, he defeated Rep. Mike Sodrel (R-Ind.) with 51 percent of the vote. Sodrel, a New Albany businessman, had 46 percent. In December 2003, Hill was named communication co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 34 moderate-to-conservative Democrats who advocate fiscal discipline.

In November 2004, in a rematch, Hill lost to Sodrel. Hill partly blamed the defeat on billboards purchased late in the campaign by an independent political action committee called Citizens for Truth, that accused Hill of supporting gay marriage, flag burning, and removing God from the Pledge of Allegiance.

2006 congressional election

Hill decided to run for his old congressional seat in 2006, where he would again face Sodrel. Hill won the election 50%-46%-4% (4% going to Libertarian Eric Schansberg) to retake the seat he had lost to Sodrel in 2004. [2]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Indiana superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Baron Hill, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

  • For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

2010 elections

In the 2010 election, Hill lost to Republican Todd Young.[1]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00003875&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Baron Hill
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations

More background data

Background information on Mike Sodrel, whom Baron Hill challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:

Former contact

Washington, D.C. Office:
223 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
phone (202) 225-5315
fax (202) 226-6866
Web Email

Jeffersonville Office:
279 Quartermaster
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
phone (812) 288-3999
toll-free number 1-866-440-1321
fax (812) 288-3873

Bloomington Office:
320 W 8th Street, Suite 114
Bloomington, IN 47404
phone (812) 336-3000
fax (812) 336-3355

Articles and resources



  1. 1.0 1.1 Baron P. Hill profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Baron P. Hill bio, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, accessed January 2011.
  3. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

Local blogs and discussion sites


Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, House Committee on Science and Technology, House Committee on Science and Technology/Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, Joint Economic Committee
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
Next Election:
November 4, 2008
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Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
US House of Representatives, Indiana House of Representatives
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District Offices:
1. 279 Quartermaster, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: (812) 288-3999, 1-866-440-1321 / Fax: (812) 288-3873
2. 320 W 8th Street, Suite 114, Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone: (812) 336-3000 / Fax: (812) 336-3355

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Date of Birth: June 23, 1953