Richard Lugar

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Richard Lugar
Richard Lugar.jpg
U.S. Senate, Indiana
Retired Senator
In office
January 3, 1977-2013
Elections and appointments
Last election2006
First elected1976
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners
High schoolShortridge High School (1950)
Bachelor'sDenison University (1954)
Master'sPembroke College, Oxford (1956)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1957-1960
Date of birthApril 4, 1932
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
ProfessionManufacturing Executive
Office website
Campaign website
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Richard Green "Dick" Lugar (b. April 4, 1932) was a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Indiana. Lugar served in the Senate from 1977-2013.

Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Lugar served as Mayor of Indianapolis from 1968 to 1976 as on the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners from 1964 to 1967.[1]

Lugar ran for re-election in 2012 but lost to Richard Mourdock in the May 8, 2012, Republican primary.[2] His term ended on January 3, 2013.


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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.[1]


Committee assignments

U.S. Senate



Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[3]



See also: United States Senate elections in Indiana, 2012

Lugar ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Indiana. Lugar sought re-election on the Republican ticket,[4] but lost to Richard Mourdock in the May 8, 2012, Republican primary.[2]

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."[5][6]

U.S. Senate, Indiana Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Mourdock 60.5% 400,321
Richard Lugar Incumbent 39.5% 261,285
Total Votes 661,606


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 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, 2012, 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]

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.[19] As of May 8, outside groups supportive of Mourdock 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]


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


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]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lugar was a "centrist Republican, as of January 3, 2013."[24]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

Recent news

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Lugar and his wife, Charlene, were married September 8, 1956, and have four sons and thirteen grandchildren.[1]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.[1]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, "About Senator Lugar" Accessed October 14, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 New York Times Caucus blog, "Indiana’s Lugar Loses Republican Senate Primary," May 8, 2012
  3. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013
  4. The Hill, "Lugar's Senate race could put Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence in tough spot," accessed January 5, 2012
  5. University of Minnesota Smart Politics, "Lugar Could Become Just 2nd 6-Term Senator to Lose Renomination Bid in 100 Years" Accessed May 7, 2012
  6. Indiana Secretary of State "2012 Official Primary Results"
  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, "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
  24. GovTrack, "Richard Lugar," accessed July 5, 2013
  25. LegiStorm, "Dick Lugar"
  26. OpenSecrets, "Lugar, (R-IN), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Vance Hartke
U.S. Senate-Indiana
Succeeded by
Joe Donnelly