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Richard Lugar
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U.S. Senate, Indiana
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1977-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 37
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2006
First elected1976
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Indianapolis
1968-1976
Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners
1964-1967
Education
High schoolShortridge High School (1950)
Bachelor'sDenison University (1954)
Master'sPembroke College, Oxford (1956)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1957-1960
Personal
BirthdayApril 4, 1932
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
ProfessionManufacturing Executive
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Richard Lugar campaign logo
Richard Green "Dick" Lugar (b. April 4, 1932) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Indiana. Lugar was first elected to the Senate in 1977.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lugar is a "centrist Republican".[1]

Lugar is seeking re-election in 2012. He faces Richard Mourdock in the May 8, 2012 Republican primary. Joe Donnelly is seeking the Democratic nomination, and Andy Horning is running as a Libertarian.[2]

Biography

Lugar graduated first in his class at both Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He attended Pembroke College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, studying politics, philosophy and economics. Senator Lugar volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1957, ultimately serving as an intelligence briefer for Admiral Arleigh Burke, Chief of Naval Operations.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2011-2012


Issues

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Richard Lugar has voted with the Republican Party 93 of the time, which ranked 13 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.[4]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Indiana, 2012

Lugar is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Indiana. Lugar is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. [5]He faces Richard Mourdock in the May 8, 2012 Republican primary. Joe Donnelly is seeking the Democratic nomination, and Andy Horning is running as a Libertarian.

According to a Smart Politics review of U.S. Senate election data, if Lugar loses the Indiana Republican primary election on May 8th, he will "become just the second six-term U.S. Senator - and the first Republican - to fail in his renomination bid in the direct election era of the past 100 years."[6]

Endorsements

On April 24, 2012, Republican incumbent Lugar received endorsement from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.[7] On April 29, 2012 Lugar received endorsement from The Indianapolis Star Editorial Board.[8] Lugar has also received endorsements from Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman on April 4, 2012,[9] Indiana Chamber of Commerce,[10] Indiana Manufacturer’s Association,[10] Hamilton County GOP Leaders, [10] Elkhart County Commissioners,[10] National Defense PAC,[10] Dr. Condoleezza Rice,[10] Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, [11] Former Secretary of State George Schultz,[12] The Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association (IHLA) on April 29, 2012,[13] the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2012,[14] Arizona Senator John McCain,[15] and numerous former and current mayors.[16]

On April 27, 2012, a major political supporter of Lugar's campaign announced it would be pulling out support. The PAC American Action Network began by pulling television advertisements, and made the statement that it would let the race "play out."[17] As of March 31, the PAC had spent more than $312,000 on ads backing Lugar.[17]

Super PACs

According to information compiled by Center for Responsive Politics, as of May 7, 2012 super PACs spent approximately $2.5 million in the race between incumbent Lugar and challenger Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock.[18]

According to the Center for Public Integrity Super PACs and other outside groups are on track to spend more on challenger Richard Mourdock in his campaign to unseat Lugar than Mourdock’s own campaign.[19] As of the most recent campaign filings available to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) prior to the primary election on May 8, outside groups supportive of Mourdock have spent "about $3 million, $1 million more than Mourdock’s own campaign."[19]

Residency challenge

Two Indiana voters filed an appeal March 6, 2012 in Marion County Superior Court asking for review of the denial of their challenges to Richard Lugar’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate by the Indiana Election Commission. [20] The appeal also seeks an injunction to prohibit election officials from printing ballots for the upcoming May 8 primary until the case is resolved. The challengers plan to ask for expedited consideration of their appeal by the courts.[21]

The Election Commission hearing confirmed that Lugar sold his residence in Indiana in 1977 and moved to Virginia.[21] Since then, he has maintained no physical residence in the State of Indiana. The U.S. Constitution requires, in relevant part, that a Senator must be an “inhabitant” of their state.[21]

Lugar’s attorneys and the Commission relied heavily on Lugar's stated intent to someday return to Indiana, and letters from the Indiana Attorney General stating that Senator Lugar could continue voting in Indiana without an actual residence in Indiana.[21]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Lugar won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Steve Osborn (L), Mark Pool (I), and Jack H. Baldwin (I) in the general election.[22]

U.S. Senate, Indiana General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Lugar Incumbent 87.4% 1,171,553
     Libertarian Steve Osborn 12.6% 168,820
     Independent Mark Pool 0% 444
     Independent Jack H. Baldwin 0% 294
Total Votes 1,341,111

Campaign donors

2006

Breakdown of the source of Lugar's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

Lugar won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Lugar's campaign committee raised a total of $5,538,844 and spent $3,837,321.[23]


Recent news

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Personal

Lugar and his wife, Charlene, were married September 8, 1956, and have four sons and thirteen grandchildren. [3]Senator Lugar manages his family's 604-acre Marion County corn, soybean and tree farm. Before entering public life, he helped manage the family's food machinery manufacturing business in Indianapolis with his brother Tom.[3]

External Links


References

  1. Gov Track "Richard Lugar," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Journal Gazette "Libertarian enters Senate contest," Accessed February 18, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 U.S. Senator Dick Lugar "About Senator Lugar" Accessed October 14, 2011
  4. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  5. The Hill "Lugar's Senate race could put Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence in tough spot," Accessed January 5, 2012
  6. University of Minnesota Smart Politics "Lugar Could Become Just 2nd 6-Term Senator to Lose Renomination Bid in 100 Years" Accessed May 7, 2012
  7. AbcNews "Richard Mourdock downplays Mitch Daniels' Lugar endorsement in Indiana Senate race" Accessed April 26, 2012
  8. WTHR "Lugar gets Indianapolis State Endorsement for Senate" Accessed May 1, 2012
  9. Dick Lugar for Senate "Skillman Indianas Future Needs Dick Lugar" Accessed May 1, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Dick Lugar "Endorsements" Accessed May 1, 2012
  11. WISH TV "Haley Barbour Endorses Dick Lugar" Accessed May 1, 2012
  12. Dick Lugar for Senate "George Schultz Endorses Dick Lugar" Accessed May 1, 2012
  13. Dick Lugar "Forest Products Industry to Endorse Lugar on Arbor Day" Accessed May 1, 2012
  14. US Chamber.com "U.S. Chamber Endorses Lugar for Senate" Accessed May 1, 2012
  15. CNN Political Ticker "Bachmann Norquist Endorse Mourdock" Accessed May 3, 2012
  16. Dick Lugar "Indiana Republican Mayors Endorse Lugar" Accessed May 1, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 IndyStar "Pro Lugar Special Interest Group Pulling Out of Indiana Race" Accessed May 1, 2012
  18. TP Muckraker "Super PACs Already Spending Big On State Level Races" Accessed May 8, 2012
  19. 19.0 19.1 iWatchNews "Super PACs outspend favorite candidate in Indiana Senate race" Accessed May 8, 2012
  20. WIBC "Lugar Residency Challenge Heads to Court" Accessed March 8, 2012
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Election Law Blog " Appeal Filed in Lugar Residency Case Voters Challenge State Election Commission Ruling in Court" Accessed March 8, 2012
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  23. Open Secrets "Richard Lugar 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Vance Hartke
U.S. Senate-Indiana
1977–present
Succeeded by
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