American Democratic politician and lawyer. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Indiana from 1965 to 1973 and again from 1975 to 1997.
He served in the United States Marines during the Korean War and went on to attend Indiana University.
He was an active participant in the American Civil Rights Movement and coauthored the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was also a vocal opponent to the Vietnam War.
He was married three times, to Kay Welsh, Martha Keys, and Kimberly Hood Jacobs. He had two children.
He was first elected to the House of Representatives during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.