Former GOP Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar dies at 87

In a March 23, 2016 file photo, former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar talks with reporters before going to Carter Hall for the “Civility in American Politics” program with former Rep. Lee Hamilton at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind. ¶ Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican foreign policy sage known for leading efforts to help the former Soviet states dismantle and secure much of their nuclear arsenal, died Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia. He was 87. (Daniel R. Patmore/Evansville Courier & Press via AP, File)

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican, died Sunday.

He was 87. Lugar, a two-time chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, worked for years to push a program that destroyed nuclear and chemical weapons amassed by the former Soviet Union following the end of the Cold War, and he was an early voice in alerting Americans to the threat that terrorists could get ahold of such weapons of mass destruction.

“Every stockpile represents a theft opportunity for terrorists and a temptation for security personnel who might seek to profit by selling weapons on the black market,” Lugar said in 2005.

He made a failed bid for the White House in 1996, with a focus on “nuclear security and fiscal sanity.”

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