|U.S. Senate, Indiana|
|January 3, 1977-2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Mayor of Indianapolis|
|Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners|
|High school||Shortridge High School (1950)|
|Bachelor's||Denison University (1954)|
|Master's||Pembroke College, Oxford (1956)|
|Years of service||1957-1960|
|Date of birth||April 4, 1932|
|Place of birth||Indianapolis, Indiana|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
- 1957-1960: United States Navy
- 1964-1967: Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners
- 1968-1976: Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana
- 1977-2013: U.S. Senate
- 1985-1987:Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- 1995-2001:Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
- 2003-2007:Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
- Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
- Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health
- Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms (Ranking Member)
- United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (Ranking Member)
- As Ranking Member of the full committee, Lugar is an ex officio member of all subcommittees
Lugar voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.
According to a Smart Politics review of U.S. Senate election data, Lugar's loss in the Indiana Republican primary election makes him "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."
|U.S. Senate, Indiana Republican Primary, 2012|
|Richard Lugar Incumbent||39.5%||261,285|
On April 24, 2012, Republican incumbent Lugar received endorsement from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. On April 29, 2012 Lugar received endorsement from The Indianapolis Star Editorial Board. Lugar also received endorsements from Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman on April 4, 2012, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Manufacturer’s Association, Hamilton County GOP Leaders, Elkhart County Commissioners, National Defense PAC, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, Former Secretary of State George Schultz, The Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association (IHLA) on April 29, 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2012, Arizona Senator John McCain, and numerous former and current mayors.
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." As of March 31, 2012, the PAC had spent more than $312,000 on ads backing Lugar.
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.
Information from the Center for Public Integrity showed that Super PACs and other outside groups spent more on challenger Richard Mourdock in his campaign to unseat Lugar than Mourdock’s own campaign. As of May 8, outside groups supportive of Mourdock spent "about $3 million, $1 million more than Mourdock’s own campaign."
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. 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.
The Election Commission hearing confirmed that Lugar sold his residence in Indiana in 1977 and moved to Virginia. 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.
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.
|U.S. Senate, Indiana General Election, 2006|
|Republican||Richard Lugar Incumbent||87.4%||1,171,553|
|Independent||Jack H. Baldwin||0%||294|
|U.S. Senate, Indiana, 2006 - Richard Lugar Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Top contributors to Richard Lugar's campaign committee|
|Barnes & Thornburg||$55,650|
|Eli Lilly & Co||$48,600|
|Baker & Daniels||$47,838|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$168,973|
Ideology and leadership
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lugar paid his congressional staff a total of $2,878,113 in 2011. He ranked third on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 28th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Indiana ranked 11th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lugar's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $283,019 and $1,057,998. That averages to $670,508.50, which was lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lugar ranked 37th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators.
Voting with party
Richard Lugar voted with the Republican Party 93 of the time, which ranked 13 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.
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Lugar and his wife, Charlene, were married September 8, 1956, and have four sons and thirteen grandchildren.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.
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- U.S. Senator Dick Lugar "About Senator Lugar" Accessed October 14, 2011
- New York Times Caucus blog "Indiana’s Lugar Loses Republican Senate Primary," May 8, 2012
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013
- The Hill "Lugar's Senate race could put Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence in tough spot," Accessed January 5, 2012
- University of Minnesota Smart Politics "Lugar Could Become Just 2nd 6-Term Senator to Lose Renomination Bid in 100 Years" Accessed May 7, 2012
- Indiana Secretary of State "2012 Official Primary Results"
- AbcNews "Richard Mourdock downplays Mitch Daniels' Lugar endorsement in Indiana Senate race" Accessed April 26, 2012
- WTHR "Lugar gets Indianapolis State Endorsement for Senate" Accessed May 1, 2012
- Dick Lugar for Senate "Skillman Indianas Future Needs Dick Lugar" Accessed May 1, 2012
- Dick Lugar "Endorsements" Accessed May 1, 2012
- WISH TV "Haley Barbour Endorses Dick Lugar" Accessed May 1, 2012
- Dick Lugar for Senate "George Schultz Endorses Dick Lugar" Accessed May 1, 2012
- Dick Lugar "Forest Products Industry to Endorse Lugar on Arbor Day" Accessed May 1, 2012
- US Chamber.com "U.S. Chamber Endorses Lugar for Senate" Accessed May 1, 2012
- CNN Political Ticker "Bachmann Norquist Endorse Mourdock" Accessed May 3, 2012
- Dick Lugar "Indiana Republican Mayors Endorse Lugar" Accessed May 1, 2012
- IndyStar "Pro Lugar Special Interest Group Pulling Out of Indiana Race" Accessed May 1, 2012
- TP Muckraker "Super PACs Already Spending Big On State Level Races" Accessed May 8, 2012
- iWatchNews "Super PACs outspend favorite candidate in Indiana Senate race" Accessed May 8, 2012
- WIBC "Lugar Residency Challenge Heads to Court" Accessed March 8, 2012
- Election Law Blog " Appeal Filed in Lugar Residency Case Voters Challenge State Election Commission Ruling in Court" Accessed March 8, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- Open Secrets, "Richard Lugar 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
- GovTrack, "Richard Lugar," Accessed July 5, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Dick Lugar"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Lugar, (R-IN), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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