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Former U.S. sen, Richard Lugar, foreign policy expert, dies

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., the Senate ended its career as the highest-ranking Republican, the longest-serving Indiana lawmaker and the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
(AP)

INDIANAPOLIS – Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, died on Sunday in Virginia at the age of 87.

Lugar, a Republican, to organize foreign policy expert, who has helped in the removal of thousands of nuclear weapons from States of the former Soviet Union, died early Sunday at the Inova Fairfax heart and vascular Institute in Virginia. The cause of death was complications associated with chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy.

Lugar was a Rhodes scholar, was first elected to the Senate in 1976, after eight years as Indianapolis mayor.

He was generally loyal, conservative, but lost his bid for a seventh Senate term in the 2012 GOP primary, after attacks on his reputation for cooperation with Democrats and friendliness with President Barack Obama.

Lugar run has so far had little traction with a 1996 run for President, but he focused on the threat of terrorism years before the Sept. 11 attacks.

He is survived by wife Char, his four sons – mark, Bob, John, and David and their families.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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