Bayh's Wife in Deep With Health Industry

Senator says his vote unaffected by Susan's myriad board positions
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2009 6:21 AM CDT
In this Nov. 4, 2004 file photo, Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., joined by his wife Susan, thanks supporters in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy )
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(Newser) – As both sides of the health care debate court Sen. Evan Bayh's elusive vote, his wife's earnings from the industry are raising more than a few eyebrows. The Indianapolis Star  takes a look at Susan Bayh, who pulled down some $2.1 million between 2006 and 2008 for serving on the boards of health care companies that have a decided stake in the outcome of reform.

Susan Bayh went from midlevel lawyer at Eli Lilly while Evan Bayh was Indiana governor to serving on the boards of eight companies, beginning the month before he was elected to the Senate. "Mrs. Bayh is what is called 'overboarded,' " says one industry watcher. The senator, one of the most conservative members of the Democratic caucus, says his family's income from health care companies hasn't affected his views and he has no plans to withdraw his vote. "Her activities have had zero influence on me," he says.