Dick Lugar is a fifth generation Hoosier. He was first in his classes at Indianapolis’ Shortridge High School and Denison University. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholars and earned his degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. While studying at Oxford, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to Officer Candidate School. He was hand-picked to be an intelligence briefer for the Chief of Naval Operations and legendary World War II Pacific War hero, Admiral Arleigh Burke.
He returned to Indianapolis to run his family’s farm and manufacturing businesses. His first elected post was to the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners. He was elected to two terms as mayor of Indianapolis where he cut taxes five times in eight years.
In the U.S. Senate, Dick Lugar has chaired the Foreign Relations Committee and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. In the current Republican minority, Dick Lugar is the Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and is the Senate’s most senior Republican.
Dick and Charlene Lugar were married in 1956, and have four sons and 13 grandchildren.
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