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Richard Lugar

Richard Green "Dick" Lugar (born April 4, 1932) is the senior United States Senator from Indiana. He is a Republican.



Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Lugar attended the public schools of Indianapolis, during this time he attained the Boy Scout's rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Denison University in 1954, going on to attend Pembroke College in Oxford, England, as a Rhodes Scholar, receiving a graduate degree in 1956. He served in the Navy from 1957 to 1960.

Lugar served on the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners from 1964 to 1967. He was elected Mayor of Indianapolis in 1967. He is closely associated with the adoption of Unigov in 1970, which unified the government of Indianapolis with that of Marion County. He was reelected mayor in 1971. During this time he became known as "Richard Nixon's favorite mayor" due to his support for devolving federal powers to local communities.

Lugar unsuccessfully sought election to the U.S. Senate as the Republican nominee in 1974, losing to incumbent Democrat Birch Bayh. Two years later, he ran again, unseating incumbent Senator Vance Hartke in the 1976 election. He was reelected in 1982, 1988, 1994, and again in 2000, in the last by a two-thirds majority.

Lugar ran for the Republican nomination for President in 1996, but his campaign failed to gain traction.

Senator Lugar is Chairman of the Agriculture Committee and member of the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

Fun Facts!

  • In 1994, taped a campaign TV spot in Indiana using a hired dog, because his own was still in DC (Reference: Roll Call, 11/17/94)



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Washington, D.C. Office
306 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1401
Phone: (202) 224-4814 <p> Indianapolis office
1180 Market Tower
10 West Market Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: (317) 226-5555 <p> Northest office
1300 South Harrison Street
Room 3158
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Phone: (260) 422-1505 <p> Northwest office
175 West Lincolnway
Suite G-1
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
Phone: (219) 548-8035 <p> Southeast office
1201 East 10th Street
Room 103
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130
Phone: (812) 288-3377 <p> Southwest office
101 NW Martin Luther King Boulevard
Room 122
Evansville, Indiana 47708
Phone: (812) 465-6313 Email: Richard Lugar

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