Former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar passed away Sunday. He was 87 years old.
First elected to the Senate in 1977, Lugar chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1995-2000 and for six months in 2001. He was a steadfast advocate for Indiana farmers and an outspoken proponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
“Senator Lugar was an outspoken leader for the Hoosier State. His contributions to strong agriculture policy, conservation efforts, renewable fuels, and global food security are still benefitting farmers today. He worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to enact policies beneficial to rural America,” NCGA CEO Jon Doggett said.
Lugar also served as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and following his time in the Senate established The Lugar Center which focuses on proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, global food security, foreign assistance effectiveness and global development, energy security, and enhancing bipartisan governance.
Hoosier Ag Today paid tribute to Lugar’s contributions to agriculture. You can read more here.