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Former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar Passes Away


J. Scott Applewhite / AP file

On Sunday, former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar passed away. Lugar was elected mayor of Indianapolis in 1967 and served as mayor until 1976. He ran for Senate in 1974 as a Republican but lost to the incumbent Democrat Birch Bayh. Lugar ran for Senate again in 1976 and succeeded. He served as senator from 1976 to 2012.


Lugar is known for his contributions to nuclear disarmament. Lugar was a co-sponsor of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction, which was a program that aimed to dismantle weapons of mass destruction in countries formerly in the Soviet Union. Lugar co-sponsored the program along with Sam Nunn. The program has helped deactivate over 7,500 nuclear warheads. For this achievement, Lugar and Nunn were awarded a Heinz Award.


The Lugar Center, a non-profit organization created by Lugar, issued a press release on Sunday stating that Lugar had passed away from CIDP.

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