PSA MOURNS Passing of Former Senator Richard G. Lugar

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2019

Media Contact: John Sullivan, Congressional Programs Associate | sullivan@psaonline.org |202-293-8580

Washington, D.C. – Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) mourns the loss of PSA advisory board member Sen. Richard G. Lugar, who passed away on Sunday, April 28th. Sen. Lugar passed away in the Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia surrounded by his loving wife Char, his four sons Mark, Bob, John, and David and their families.

PSA Board Chairman Andrew Semmel and protégé to Lugar, stated, “He taught us much about political civility and humility and practiced good governance while advocating the interests of the United States. He set a high standard for public service worthy of emulation by others.”

Over nearly five decades of public service, Lugar served in the U.S. Navy, as a Republican senator from Indiana (1977-2013), and twice served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was a leader on issues such as food security, nuclear non-proliferation, energy independence, and free trade. He was awarded the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his work on non-proliferation and US-UK relations. In 2013, President Obama awarded Lugar the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Sen. Lugar was dedicated to creating bipartisan relationships in order to achieve results for the American people. Statesmen from both sides of the political aisle have expressed their sadness at his passing while celebrating his distinguished service to this Country.  Former President Barack Obama called Lugar, “…someone who wasn’t a Republican or a Democrat first, but a problem solver-an example of the impact a public servant can make by eschewing partisan divisiveness to instead focus on common ground.” Vice-President Mike Pence stated, “Senator Lugar’s contributions to the life of our nation are countless. Richard Lugar was a leader not only in the Senate but also on the world stage…”

PSA is honored to have benefitted from Sen. Lugar’s guidance and wisdom over the last four years, and sends its deepest condolences to the Sen.’s family and friends.

CONTACT: John Sullivan (202-293-8580), or sullivan@psaonline.org.