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Richard G. Lugar

Richard G. LugarUnited States Senator


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Richard Lugar has served as the United States Senator from Indiana since 1976. He is the Republican leader of the Foreign Relations Committee and a member and former Chairman of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. As Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Senator Lugar built bipartisan support for 1996 federal farm program reforms. In 1991, he forged a bipartisan partnership with then-Senate Armed Services Chairman, Sam Nunn, to destroy weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union, earning for himself and Mr. Nunn a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2000. To date, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated more than 7,200 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States. Prior to his service in the Senate, Senator Lugar was the two-term mayor of Indianapolis from 1968 to 1975. He served in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1960, much of the time as an intelligence officer. Senator Lugar has also served three terms on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, including two terms as the Vice-Chair of the Commission, and served as President of the National League of Cities. Senator Lugar received a B.A. in 1954 from Denison University. He then attended Pembroke College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where he received a B.A. and M.A. in 1956. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.