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U.S. Rep. Jim Baird to seek reelection, dispelling retirement rumors

By: - October 3, 2023 1:27 pm

U.S. Rep. Jim Baird is seeking re-election in 2024. (Photo courtesy of campaign)

U.S. Rep. Jim Baird of Indiana announced Tuesday he’d seek reelection in 2024, dispelling rumors of an impending retirement.

“Now more than ever we need capable conservatives to fight the far left extremists who want to take our nation down a path of fiscal ruin and moral depravity,” Baird, a Republican, said in a news release.

“I will continue to fight with my conservative colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives for life, liberty and opportunity for every Hoosier I represent,” he continued.

Indiana’s 4th Congressional District encompasses west central Indiana. Baird first took office in January of 2019.

But rumors he’d forego reelection noted his poor fundraising numbers — Baird raised just $49,000 this year as of June, and spent $47,000 of it, according to the Federal Election Commission — and suggested his office was offloading technology and pausing hiring, Howey Politics Indiana reported.

Baird’s campaign, however, said he was “enthusiastic about his work” and has been “working throughout the year on his plans to continue serving Hoosier families and communities.”

His current committee assignments are Agriculture; Science, Space and Technology; Foreign Affairs.

Just two other candidates have filed with the FEC to face Baird in 2024: Charles Bookwalter, a Republican who last made headlines ahead of the 2022 election for being struck from the party’s primary ballot, and Jerry Jones, also a Republican.

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Leslie Bonilla Muñiz
Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie covers state government for the Indiana Capital Chronicle with emphases on elections, infrastructure and transportation. She previously covered city-county government for the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has also reported on local, national and international news for the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America and more. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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