Thursday, Apr. 01, 2010

Evan Bayh

Age: 54
Occupation: U.S. Senator
Previous TIME 100 Appearances: 0

Bayh, a centrist Democrat from Indiana who was a short-list candidate to fill out the Obama ticket, announced in February that he would retire from the Senate this year, citing the chamber's ceaseless partisanship. His departure underscored a frustration felt by many legislators and leaves the party scrambling to hold his seat.