Richard Lugar comes to Georgetown after 36 years in the Senate
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the longest-serving senator in Indiana history, will be coming to Georgetown Public Policy Institute in the spring as a visiting professor of public policy. The distinguished Republican is known for his bipartisanship and his leadership in foreign affairs.
The retiring senator will additionally give the 2013 Whittington Lecture, which was was established in the memory of GPPI professor Leslie A. Whittington and her family who died in the 2001 attacks on the Pentagon.
Lugar was defeated in the 2012 Republican primary by Indiana state treasurer and tea-party favorite Richard Mourdock, who accused Lugar of “globe-trotting” instead of governing and criticized his moderate stances on DREAM act. Immediately after the election, Lugar condemned Mourdock for his unwillingness to work with Democrats. Mourdock responded by saying, “I have a mind-set that says bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.
Mourdock lost in the general election to Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) after the conservative Republican expressed his reasons for not supporting rape exemptions for abortion. “I just struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize: Life is that gift from God,” he said. “I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Lugar was known in the Senate for his bipartisan record and prominence in the international issues. In his farewell speech, Lugar emphasized the importance of adhering to principles rather than partisanship. “We mistake the act of taking positions for governance,” he said. “One can even gain considerable notoriety—namely, promoting the party line, raising money, focusing on party relations … too often in recent years, too many have locked themselves into a slate of inflexible positions and political pledges.”
In 1992, Lugar cosponsored the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act, which provides funding and expertise for former states of the Soviet Union to retire and dismantle nuclear weapons. Lugar will bring his experience in international diplomacy starting to GPPI in the spring. “I am looking forward to devoting deeper attention to a number of issues that have been a part of my Senate service and working with students and future leaders on how we can solve the world’s most complex problems,” Lugar said.