Lugar era ends after 36 years in Senate

Dan Carden
NWI Politics

INDIANAPOLIS | For the first time in a generation, U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., will not be seated at his desk in the ornate Senate chamber when a new Congress convenes on Thursday.

Hoosier Republicans rejected Lugar's bid for a seventh term in a Tea Party-fueled May primary race against State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who went on to lose badly in the general election to U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Granger. Preprimary polls showed Lugar likely would have defeated Donnelly if he had been the Republican nominee. 

Nevertheless, the 80-year-old Lugar insists the end of his 47-year career in public service, including 36 years in the U.S. Senate, is not the end of his commitment to make Indiana, the United States and the world a better place.

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