Evan Bayh Bayh was born in Shirkieville, Indiana. His father, Birch Bayh, was a Senator from 1963 to 1981 and ran for the Democratic nomination for President in 1976, but lost it to Jimmy Carter. The younger Bayh graduated with honors in business, economics and public policy from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1978, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, and received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Virginia in 1981. After clerking for a federal court judge and entering private law practice in Indianapolis, he was elected Indiana's Secretary of State in 1986 following a heated debate over whether he met the state's five-year residency requirement to be on the ballot.
He and his wife Susan have twin sons, Beau and Nicholas, born in 1995. She is a law professor and serves on several corporate boards.