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By the Numbers: Richard Lugar’s Legacy
Indiana’s longest-serving U.S. senator will ride off into the sunset come January, as the state elects his replacement this month. His accomplishments are many, and his recognitions innumerable.
Richard Lugar was the 44th mayor of Indianapolis, and the first to successfully seek reelection (before then, city law prohibited the mayors from serving consecutive terms).
57,000: Jobs gained in Indianapolis during Lugar’s two terms as mayor
46: Honorary degrees from colleges and universities
56: Years Lugar has been married to his wife, Charlene
604: Acres on his southern Marion County farm, where corn, soybean, and walnuts grow
7,500: Nuclear warheads deactivated to date as a result of the Nunn-Lugar program
5,520,000: Google search results for “Richard Lugar”
98: Percentage of Senate roll calls attended
35: Years Lugar has served in the Senate
3: Books authored (Adapting NATO’s Deterrent Posture, Indianapolis: Crossroads of the American Dream, Letters to the Next President)
13,008: Votes cast (as of September 12, 2012)
10,000+: Interviews with Hoosier veterans collected for the Library of Congress with the help of more than 235 high schools and community centers in Indiana
7: Presidents during Lugar’s senatorial tenure (Ford through Obama)
4: Indianapolis mayors during his senatorial tenure (Hudnut through Ballard)
42: Years since Lugar spearheaded the creation of Unigov
9,392: Facebook likes, at press time
14,771: Twitter followers
$5.2 million: Dollars from Lugar’s office funds unspent and returned to the Senate during his tenure
1: Apartment complexes with his name (Richard G. Lugar Towers, 901 Fort Wayne Avenue)
$20,000: Maximum scholarship award from the Richard G. Lugar Fund for Hoosier Excellence
5: Programs or centers named after Lugar at Indiana colleges (Lugar-Purdue Future of Forestry Program and Scholarship, The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies at Marian University, Richard G. Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders at University of Indianapolis, Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI, and Annual Dick Lugar Community Run, Walk, and Health Fair at Butler University
» MORE: See our Lugar feature from December 2007, “A Farewell to Arms.”
» Q&A: We spoke with Char Lugar as she reminisced about her life with Indiana’s senior senator.