Susan Bayh

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Susan Bayh
First Lady of Indiana
In office
January 9, 1989 – January 13, 1997
Preceded by Mary K. Davis
Succeeded by Judy O'Bannon
Personal details
Born Susan Breshears
(1959-11-28) November 28, 1959 (age 55)
Nationality American
Residence Indianapolis, Indiana
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)
University of Southern California Law School (J.D.)
Occupation Professional board member

Susan Breshears Bayh (born November 28, 1959) is an Indiana attorney and the wife of Evan Bayh, a Democratic politician from the state of Indiana, who has been that state's governor (1989–1997) and one of its United States Senators (1999–2011).

A newspaper in her state has described her as being engaged in a profession it termed "professional board member" or "professional director".[1]


She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a former Miss Southern California and a member of Alpha Phi. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School in 1984.



Bayh began her careers in law and business as a litigator for the Los Angeles law firms of Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher; and later for the Indiana firm of Barnes & Thornburg. In 1989, she joined the pharmaceutical division at the Indianapolis based Eli Lilly and Company, managing the company's handling of federal regulatory issues.[2] In 1994, she left the employ of Eli Lilly and taught at Butler University’s College of Business Administration, holding the title of Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Professional director[edit]

An Indiana newspaper listed eight corporations of which Bayh was a director, as of 2006.[1] Bayh began serving on corporate boards in 1994 and has since served on the boards of 14 corporations, including the insurance, pharmaceutical, and food processing industries.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Sylvia (December 16, 2007). "Across the boards". Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  2. ^ Smith, Sylvia. "Executive Profile, Susan B. Bayh JD". Business Week. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Joanne Wallace
First Lady of Indiana
1989 – 1997
Succeeded by
Judy O'Bannon