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Baron Hill

Baron Hill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Mike Sodrel
Succeeded by Todd Young
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Lee Hamilton
Succeeded by Mike Sodrel
Personal details
Born (1953-06-23) June 23, 1953
Seymour, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Betty Schepman
Children 3
Alma mater Furman University
Religion Methodist

Baron Paul Hill (born June 23, 1953) is the former U.S. Representative for Indiana's 9th congressional district, serving from 1999 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

The district is located in the southeastern part of the state and stretched from Bloomington to the Indiana side of the Louisville metropolitan area. It has since been redistricted to exclude the Louisville suburbs and now includes exurban Indianapolis.


  • Early life, education and career 1
  • U.S. House of Representatives 2
    • Committee assignments 2.1
  • Political campaigns 3
    • 1998 3.1
    • 2000 3.2
    • 2002 3.3
    • 2004 3.4
    • 2006 3.5
    • 2008 3.6
    • 2010 3.7
  • Post-congressional career 4
    • 2016 Election 4.1
  • Electoral history 5
  • Personal life 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life, education and career

Hill was a three-sport athlete at Seymour High School, where he was all-state in football and basketball. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.[1]

Hill 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 was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1982 to 1990. He served as chairman of the Caucus Campaign Committee, where he helped elect a Democratic majority in the House.

In 1990, Hill ran against Senator Dan Coats to fill the last two years of Dan Quayle's term; Quayle had been elected Vice President. He lost, 54% to 46%. 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.

U.S. House of Representatives

Hill was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition. He was named communication co-chair in December, 2003 and policy co-chair in December, 2008.

In 2001, Hill voted for a version of the "No Child Left Behind Act", which passed the House 384-45.[2] In 2006, he said he was in favor of scrapping the version that passed,[3] calling it a "more or less of a federal takeover of our system".[4]

Hill has a minor part in Michael Moore's film Capitalism: A Love Story. In the film he talks about his choice to vote against the Wall Street bank bailout in late 2008.[5]

Hill authored the Hill-Terry Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Bill in 2007.[6]

On March 21, 2010, Hill voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and made his case for supporting it in a press release.[7]

Committee assignments

Political campaigns


Hill was elected to the House in November 1998. He defeated Republican Jean Leising, 51% to 48% and Libertarian Diane Merriam, 1%, winning the seat vacated by retiring 34-year incumbent Lee H. Hamilton.


Hill was reelected in 2000, with 54 percent of the vote.


Mike Sodrel, Hill‘s Republican opponent four times

In 2002, Hill defeated Republican Mike Sodrel with 51 percent of the vote. Sodrel, a New Albany trucking company owner, had 46 percent.


In November 2004, in a rematch, Hill lost to Sodrel by a margin of about 1,500 votes. There was a recount, but the scope was limited because of the use of DRE voting machines in Indiana.


Hill won the Democratic nomination in the 9th District in 2006. He was included in the "First Wave" of the Democratic Party's "Red-to-Blue" program.[8]

Texas millionaire Bob J. Perry gave more than $5 million to the Economic Freedom Fund, a 527 group, which included Hill as one of its targets for removal. The group paid for automated "push poll" calls attacking Hill. Such calls were stopped after action by the Indiana Attorney General.[9] Cook Political Report rated the race as a toss-up.[10]

Baron Hill won the 2006 election with a preliminary 50% of the vote; Sodrel with 46% and Libertarian Eric Schansberg with roughly 4 percent. As is the custom for returning members of Congress, the Democrats gave Hill back his seniority. He was named to the Energy and Commerce and Science and Technology committees.


In 2008 Hill and Sodrel again fought for the 9th District. Last year, the race moved between Likely D to Lean D on the Cook Political Report.[11] Fund raising in 2008 had become more one-sided than in 2006, with Hill far ahead in the numbers game, according to reported income.[12] Baron Hill voted against the $700 billion bailout bill and the week late $1 trillion bailout bill.

Hill defeated Sodrel in the election, 58% to 39%.[13]


Hill ran for reelection, challenged by Republican nominee Bloomington attorney Todd Young. During the campaign, the National Republican Congressional Committee ran ads asking "Is Baron Hill running for Congress in Indiana, or China?"[14] He was defeated on November 2, 2010.

Post-congressional career

Following his defeat in 2010, Hill was hired by APCO Worldwide.The firm's clients include COSCO, PhRMA, Solar Trust and Dow Corning.[14] In 2013, Hill left APCO to start his own lobbying firm, where he represents Cook Industries, a company located in his former district.

2016 Election

In 2014 Hill announced he was considering run for Governor in 2016.[15]

Following the retirement announcement by Indiana Senator Dan Coats, Hill publicly expressed his interest in pursuing the Democratic nomination to fill the Senate seat.[16] Hill officially announced on May 15, 2015, that he would seek the open senate seat as the Democratic nominee.

Electoral history

Indiana's 9th congressional district: Results 1998–2008[17]
Year Democrat Votes % Republican Votes % 3rd Party Party Votes % 3rd Party Party Votes %
1998 Baron P. Hill 92,973 51% Jean Leising 87,797 48% Diane L. Feeney Libertarian 2,406 1%
2000 Baron P. Hill 126,420 54% Michael Bailey 102,219 44% Sara Chambers Libertarian 4,644 2%
2002 Baron P. Hill 96,654 51% Mike Sodrel 87,169 46% Jeff Melton Green 2,745 2% Al Cox Libertarian 2,389 1%
2004 Baron P. Hill 140,772 49% Mike Sodrel 142,197 49% Al Cox Libertarian 4,541 2%
2006 Baron P. Hill 110,454 50% Mike Sodrel 100,469 46% D. Eric Schansberg Libertarian 9,893 4% *
2008 Baron P. Hill 181,254 58% Mike Sodrel 121,514 38% D. Eric Schansberg Libertarian 12,000 4%

* Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2006, Donald W. Mantooth received 33 votes.

Indiana's 9th Congressional District Election, 2010[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Young 118,138 52.2
Democratic Baron Hill 95,387 42.2
Libertarian Gregg Knott 12,377 5.4

Personal life

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


  1. ^ "Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame » Baron Hill". Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  2. ^ "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 145". 2001-05-23. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  3. ^ Emily, Brandy (2006-09-22). "Hill campaigns for education reform". Archived from the original on 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Dixon, Nathan (October 7, 2009). "Capitalism wins". Archived from the original on 11 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  6. ^ "UAW to run radio ads promoting Hill-Terry CAFE standards". August 1, 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  7. ^ "Hill Supports Health Insurance Reform Legislation". March 21, 2010. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  8. ^ "Red to Blue 2008". 2008-07-31. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  9. ^ "Attorney General Steve Carter Seeks Court Order against the Economic Freedom Fund for Automated Calls". Archived from the original on July 13, 2009. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  10. ^ "House | The Cook Political Report". Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  11. ^ "Rep. Baron Hill | The Cook Political Report". Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  12. ^ Wagner, Jennifer (2008-07-16). "RELEASE: Congressman Baron Hill posts strong fundraising numbers (CD09)". Hoosier Political Report. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  13. ^ "Hill Defeats Sodrel".  
  14. ^ a b Carney, Timothy (2011-06-16) Democratic former Rep. Baron Hill now officially working for China, Washington Examiner
  15. ^ Hayden, Maureen (December 3, 2014). "Former Congressman Hill mulls run for governor".  
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 26 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  18. ^ "Congressional Election Results".  

External links

Party political offices
Preceded by
Jill Thompson
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Indiana
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Joe Hogsett
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lee Hamilton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Mike Sodrel
Preceded by
Mike Sodrel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Todd Young
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