Lugar is a fifth generation Hoosier and the longest serving member of Congress in Indiana history. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, he exercised leadership and expertise in the areas of food security, nuclear non-proliferation, energy independence and free trade. As chairman of the Agricultural Committee, he built bipartisan support for the 1996 federal farm program reforms, promoted broader risk management options for farmers, research advancements, increased export opportunities and higher net farm income. He also initiated a biofuels research program to help decrease U.S. dependency on foreign oil and led initiatives to streamline the Department of Agriculture, reform the food stamp program and preserve the federal school lunch program.
He has been a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, forging a bipartisan partnership in 1991 to destroy weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. To date, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated more than 7,600 nuclear warheads once aimed at the United States. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in this area from President Obama in 2013.
Lugar currently serves as president of the Lugar Center, a non-profit organization focusing on the former senator’s areas of expertise, is a distinguished professor in the University of Indianapolis’ history and political science department, and recently announced the creation of the Lugar Academy at the university, which includes an internship program in Washington, D.C., for student leaders interested in political science and public service. He holds 46 honorary degrees and was the fourth person ever named Outstanding Legislator by the American Political Science Association.
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