Richard Lugar

US Senator Richard Lugar Click here to download a high resolution headshot of Senator Lugar.

Richard Lugar is the President of the Lugar Center, a non-profit organization focusing on nuclear non-proliferation, food security, and other critical issues.  Lugar also recently announced the creation of the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, which includes a Washington semester internship program for UIndy students and other student leaders.  Lugar was also recently named a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at the new School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University.

A fifth generation Hoosier who left office as the longest serving member of Congress in Indiana history, Lugar is recognized as a gifted local and state leader, as well as a respected national and international statesman. During his tenure in the United States Senate, he exercised leadership on critical issues such as food security, nuclear non-proliferation, energy independence and free trade. He holds 46 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and was the fourth person ever named Outstanding Legislator by the American Political Science Association.

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. Lugar volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1957, ultimately serving as an intelligence briefer for Admiral Arleigh Burke, chief of Naval Operations.

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.

As the two-term mayor of Indianapolis (1968-75), he envisioned the unification of the city and surrounding Marion County into one government. Unigov, as Lugar's plan was called, set the city on a path of uninterrupted economic growth. He 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.

Lugar has been a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. In 1991, he forged a bipartisan partnership with then-Senate Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) to destroy these weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. To date, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated more than 7,600 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States.

As chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Lugar built bipartisan support for 1996 federal farm program reforms, ending 1930s era federal production controls. He has promoted broader risk management options for farmers, research advancements, increased export opportunities and higher net farm income. Lugar initiated a biofuels research program to help decrease U.S. dependency on foreign oil. He also led initiatives to streamline the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reform the food stamp program and preserve the federal school lunch program.

Lugar and his wife, Charlene, were married Sept. 8, 1956, and have four sons and 13 grandchildren.

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Senator Lugar: Reauthorize the Export-Import Bank

By: The Indianapolis Star | 31-Jul-2014
WASHINGTON – After former Sen. Richard Lugar left the Navy in 1960, he and his brother needed to find a way to save the family's small machine manufacturing business in Indianapolis from financial failure.The Lugars got a breakthrough when a Mexican company wanted to place a sizable order for machinery used to make cookies and other baked goods. An obscure federal agency, the Export-Import Bank, underwrote the contract, the first of many sales the company made in other countries. . . . . READ MORE

The Role of Nuclear Weapons During the Crisis in Ukraine

By: Tom Moore | 29-Jul-2014
It is tempting and provocative to reevaluate Ukraine’s decision to become a Non-Nuclear Weapon State after the Russian annexation of Crimea. It is tempting because Moscow has broken some of the security assurances it made in return for Soviet nuclear weapons based in Ukraine in the early 1990s and Ukraine’s incarnation as a Non-Nuclear Weapon State Party to the NPT. It is provocative because of the ongoing debate over NATO’s nuclear future and Ukraine’s relationship to the Alliance. . . . . READ MORE

Senator Lugar on WFYI's No Limits radio show

By: WFYI | 23-Jul-2014
Host John Krull in a one-on-one interview with former Indianapolis Mayor and US Senator Richard Lugar. Lugar discusses what it's like to be out of the Senate after serving for 36 years, the divisiveness in American politics, as well as hostilities on the world stage. . . . . READ MORE

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Saving Lives Through Efficient Food Aid Delivery

By: Sen. Richard G. Lugar (Ret.) | 07-May-2014
Early this year our government made real progress in improving the way we provide food aid to chronically hungry people and those in crises. Unfortunately, recent actions by the House of Representatives threaten to undermine important reforms that would make food aid programs more effective and efficient. If the House action stands, the result will be more hungry people in the world, less efficiency in U.S. food assistance programs, and reduced benefit to U.S. diplomacy from these programs. . . . . READ MORE

Aid Effectiveness: The Way Forward for Donors and Recipients

By: Sen. Richard G. Lugar (Ret.) | 25-Apr-2014
The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) recently issued a new report, The Way Forward: A Reform Agenda for 2014 and Beyond. This policy paper is the first major product of a reformulated MFAN, and it underscores the core mission of the organization. MFAN was formed in 2008 as a coalition of organizations and leading think tanks that work with or frequently intersect U.S. development programs. MFAN functions as an advocate for policies that make U.S. foreign assistance more effective and transparent. . . . . READ MORE

The Lugar Center Launches Resources for Researchers

By: Lori Rowley and Dr. Connie Veillette | 24-Apr-2014
Global food security is indeed a complex issue. If you are unfamiliar with it or wonder what it really means, we encourage you to read a brief overview of the problem on the Global Food Security tab of our webpage. Because numerous hurdles and complexities exacerbate the challenge of achieving a food secure world, we have developed a new set of documents we are calling Resources for Researchers that we hope may better inform policy-makers, educators and citizens about the issue. With this effort, we hope to live up to our mandate to bring evidence to bear on difficult issues confronting the United States and the world. . . . . READ MORE

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