Evan Bayh: Senator
updated 05/10/1999 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/10/1999 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Bayh, a lawyer and the father of 3-year-old twins Beau and Nicholas, pleads ignorance to his appeal. "Vanity is not part of his nature," says longtime friend Tom Koutsoumpas, a Washington, D.C., public affairs executive. Nor is he one to fuss over fashion. "He's your normal guy," says Susan, 39, his wife of 14 years and a part-time State Department attorney. "Am I neat? Am I clean? Do I match?"
But while Bayh insists he possesses no sage advice for looking great ("Ha! You've come to the wrong place for that!"), he doesn't take his appearance completely for granted. The 6'1" Shirkieville, Ind., native plays tennis, golf and basketball, runs five miles six or seven days a week and often takes part in Indianapolis's annual half marathon. "I'm not happy unless I get some exercise every day," he says. "I try to schedule it in. I find I think more clearly, handle stress better and just feel better."
The workouts bring other perks. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana recalls watching Bayh chow down on beignets, crawfish étouffé and shrimp gumbo at a recent New Orleans event and "thinking, How does a guy maintain such a fit physique eating like that? Several minutes later he unintentionally revealed his secret. He asked, 'Mary, can you recommend a good place for me to run tomorrow?' "