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Sen. Richard Lugar

Former Senator for Indiana

Lugar was a senator from Indiana and was a Republican. He served from 1977 to 2012.

Photo of Sen. Richard Lugar [R-IN, 1977-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lugar is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Lugar sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 2, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Lugar was the primary sponsor of 56 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 56 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Lugar sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (48%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Agriculture and Food (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Lugar recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Lugar voted Nay

Lugar voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 86/13 on Dec 15, 2011.

Lugar voted Yea

Lugar voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Lugar voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 68/29 on Mar 17, 2010.

Lugar voted Nay

Lugar voted Yea

Concurrent Resolution Agreed to 48/40 on Jul 31, 2008.

Lugar voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 75/22 on May 22, 2008.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 is Title V of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, Pub.L. 110–252, H.R. 2642, an Act of …

Lugar voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Jan 2013, Lugar missed 230 of 13,284 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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