Baron Paul Hill was a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives before Doomsday.
Early Life and Education
Hill was a three-sport athlete at Seymour High School, where he was all-state in football and basketball. Hill accepted an athletic scholarship to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina; where he earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1975. After graduation, he moved back to Seymour and joined his family's insurance and real estate business.
Hill is married to Betty Schepman, a math teacher in the public Southern Indiana schools. They have three adult daughters.
Baron Hill had seved in the Indiana House of Representatives since 1982. Southern Indiana, including Seymour, his home town, was not hit by many missiles from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Doomsday. While Seymour was not destroyed, many of the cites along side the Ohio River were. New Albany, Clarksville and Jeffersonville were destroyed with the massive strike on Louisville, Kentucky.
Hill like most state representatives, was a part-time legislator. Consequently, he only went to Indianapolis three days a week while the General Assembly was in session. From his home that early fall evening, he could see the fireballs in the north, south and to the east after hearing the warnings at a quarter until seven. Moments before, he had seen a flash in the darkening sky which coincided with a blackout all over the city. Communication, he knew, was going to be a problem.
Political Life After Doomsday.
Knowing the mayor of Seymour, Hill immediately sought him out. Before nightfall, they two were working on a plan to provide security in the area as they knew refugees would be soon arriving from all directions. At the mayors direction, Hill took control of the 65th district's local Police and National Guard under home rule measures for a state of emergency. Finding out Bloomington was in relatively good shape, he began working with officials there to coordinate recovery efforts in all of Indiana's southern counties.
At thirty year old, Baron Hill was one of the youngest of the local politicians. However, his success as an athlete a decade earlier - both locally and at Furman University in South Carolina - meant that he was well known. It also meant he was full of youthful energy. Due to this, Baron Hill soon became the acting leader of what became known locally as simply "Southern Indiana." Hearing news that Evansville, 113 miles away on the Ohio River, was receiving help from the Kentucky military, he traveled there, contacting Kentucky officials, telling them about Bloomington. As a matter of survival, Hill convinced other leaders in Southern Indiana became a part of Kentucky.
After fifteen long years, in 1998, Hill was able to consolidate many of the counties into a single state in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Though Bloomington and Evansville became centers of their own states, Baron Hill became the senator of the new state of Southern Indiana, which includes the counties below.