66 Facts About Senator Richard Lugar

1. Senator Richard Lugar is a member the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution [66] as well as a member of the Society of Indiana Pioneers, based on his descent from very early settlers in the state.

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2. Senator Richard Lugar opposed President Barack Obama's health reform legislation, voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, [5] and voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

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3. Senator Richard Lugar initiated a biofuels research program to help decrease US dependency on foreign oil.

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4. Senator Richard Lugar volunteered for the US Navy in 1957, ultimately serving as an intelligence briefer for Admiral Arleigh Burke, chief of Naval Operations.

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5. Senator Richard Lugar was giving a talk to Drake University students on the topic, I recall, of Africa.

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6. Senator Richard Lugar is a member of the United Methodist Church.

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7. Senator Richard Lugar is a member of the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

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8. Senator Richard Lugar is a member of the board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, an organization involved in international elections.

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9. Senator Richard Lugar served on the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy from 1992 to 2001.

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10. On February 16, 2013, Senator Richard Lugar was named the Rotarian of the Century.

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11. Senator Richard Lugar joined the Rotary Club of Indianapolis in 1957 and spoke at the club annually during his time in the US Senate.

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12. Senator Richard Lugar is a member the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution as well as a member of the Society of Indiana Pioneers, based on his descent from very early settlers in the state.

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13. In 2014, Senator Richard Lugar received the Golden Laurel Branch award, the highest honor given by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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14. Senator Richard Lugar was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, from Germany, in 2013 for his work on fostering transatlantic cooperation.

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15. Senator Richard Lugar currently serves as President of the Lugar Center.

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16. Senator Richard Lugar has received numerous awards, including Guardian of Small Business, the Spirit of Enterprise, Watchdog of the Treasury, and 46 honorary doctorate degrees.

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17. Senator Richard Lugar was instrumental to the fall of the dictatorial Marcos regime in the Philippines and overseeing the 1985 presidential election there, urging intervention from the Reagan administration.

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18. In October 2010, Senator Richard Lugar voted against repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy—which prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces.

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19. Senator Richard Lugar voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment, limiting the definition of marriage to one man and one woman.

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20. Senator Richard Lugar's words yesterday could be remembered as a turning point in this intractable civil war in Iraq".

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21. Senator Richard Lugar has a generally liberal stance on immigration, supporting the DREAM Act during the Obama administration and the McCain–Kennedy Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill under the Bush administration, both of which died in Congress.

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22. Senator Richard Lugar opposed President Barack Obama's health reform legislation, voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

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23. Senator Richard Lugar is a supporter of gun control, and has supported a number of gun legislations and weapons bans.

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24. Senator Richard Lugar voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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25. Senator Richard Lugar described US sanctions on Cuba as a failed policy and wrote to President Obama that "additional measures are needed.

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26. Senator Richard Lugar is a firm believer in pragmatic, scientific solutions to climate change issues.

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27. Senator Richard Lugar continues to support bipartisan solutions and initiatives as one of the policy focus areas of The Lugar Center.

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28. Senator Richard Lugar worked to initiate a biofuels research program to help increase US utilization of ethanol and combustion fuels, and led initiatives to streamline the US Department of Agriculture, reform the food stamp program, and preserve the federal school lunch program.

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29. Senator Richard Lugar declared his candidacy on 19 April 1995 in Indianapolis.

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30. Senator Richard Lugar offered praise to Clinton as "the epitome of a big leaguer".

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31. On January 13, 2009, Senator Richard Lugar participated in the confirmation for Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton, raising questions on the potential conflict of interest between her husband Bill's charitable activities and her new position.

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32. On February 12, 1999, Senator Richard Lugar voted in favor of both articles of impeachment against President Clinton, calling his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky "shameless, reckless and indefensible" and criticized him for creating a negative environment for those around.

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33. Senator Richard Lugar was of the view that the United States wanted full partnership with Europeans that could only arise from "recognition on their side that our men and women in the armed forces are taking risks right now.

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34. On October 2, 1990, Senator Richard Lugar voted in favor of the nomination of David Souter for Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

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35. Senator Richard Lugar attended the July 11, 1988 White House meeting on the subject of legislation to provide financial relief to farmers affected by the showers in the Midwestern and Southern United States, Lugar during which indicating the willingness of his party to support the measure.

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36. Senator Richard Lugar believed technical errors existed within the treaty, aligning him with Senate critics of the measure, but differed from them on when they should be improved.

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37. In late 1984, Senator Richard Lugar predicted that "a number of our people are not going to win in '86" unless there was economic growth.

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38. Around this time, Senator Richard Lugar conferred with John Poindexter, a key figure in the scandal.

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39. In June 1984, Senator Richard Lugar voted in favor of legislation restricting federal highway funds for states that did not raise the minimum age for drinking to 21.

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40. Senator Richard Lugar voted against the May 1984 budget freeze meant to reduce the budget deficit.

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41. In March 1984, Senator Richard Lugar voted in favor of a constitutional amendment authorizing periods in public school for silent prayer, and President Reagan's unsuccessful proposal for a constitutional amendment permitting organized school prayer in public schools.

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42. On July 13, 1983, Senator Richard Lugar voted in favor of an authorization to appropriate 130 million toward the development of nerve gas bombs and shells.

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43. On December 23, 1982, Senator Richard Lugar voted in favor of a 5 cent a gallon increase on gasoline taxes across the US imposed to aid the financing of highway repairs and mass transit.

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44. On December 2, 1981, Senator Richard Lugar voted in favor of an amendment to President Reagan's MX missiles proposal that would divert the silo system by $334 million as well as earmark further research for other methods that would allow giant missiles to be based.

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45. On October 15, 1981, Senator Richard Lugar voted against the recommendation of the disapproval toward the Reagan administration's intent to sell Awacs radar surveillance planes and other air-combat equipment to Saudi Arabia.

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46. Senator Richard Lugar addressed Carter during the ceremony by thanking him for signing what Lugar called "very humane and compassionate legislation" that was important for the US.

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47. Senator Richard Lugar attended the January 7, 1980 signing ceremony of the Chrysler Corporation Loan Guarantee Act of 1979 in the Cabinet Room.

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48. The only two counties that Senator Richard Lugar carried were Boone and Marion.

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49. Senator Richard Lugar's was the highest-percentage win of the 2006 Senate elections despite a Democratic takeover of Washington.

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50. Senator Richard Lugar won reelection to a sixth term, defeating Libertarian Steve Osborn.

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51. Senator Richard Lugar won reelection to a fifth term, defeating Democrat David Johnson.

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52. Senator Richard Lugar became the first Indiana US senator elected to a fourth term.

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53. Senator Richard Lugar won reelection to a third term, defeating Democrat Jack Wickes.

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54. In 1972 Senator Richard Lugar was the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention.

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55. Senator Richard Lugar is closely associated with the adoption of Unigov in 1970, which unified the governments of Indianapolis and Marion County.

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56. Senator Richard Lugar served on the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners from 1964 to 1967.

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57. Senator Richard Lugar manages his family's 604-acre Marion County corn, soybean and tree farm.

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58. Senator Richard Lugar served in the US Navy from 1956 to 1960; one of his assignments was as an intelligence briefer for Admiral Arleigh Burke.

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59. Senator Richard Lugar went on to attend Pembroke College, Oxford, England, as a Rhodes Scholar, and received a second bachelor's degree and a master's degree in 1956.

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60. Senator Richard Lugar graduated first in his class at Shortridge High School in 1950 and from Denison University in 1954 where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi.

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61. Senator Richard Lugar is a member of Partnership for a Secure America's bipartisan Advisory Board.

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62. Senator Richard Lugar is the longest-serving senator in Indiana's history and until leaving office was the most senior Republican member of the Senate.

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63. In 2012, Senator Richard Lugar was defeated in a primary challenge by Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, ending his 36-year tenure in the US Senate.

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64. Senator Richard Lugar was reelected in 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000 and 2006.

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65. Senator Richard Lugar served on the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners from 1964 to 1967 before he was elected to two terms as Mayor of Indianapolis, serving from 1968 to 1976.

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66. Senator Richard Lugar is a member of the Republican Party.

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