Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman: "Hoosiers will choose our nominee" "On May 8th, it will be Hoosiers, and only Hoosiers, who will choose our nominee for U.S. Senate - not out of state interests or endorsements.
Indianapolis - Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, the highest elected Republican woman officeholder in the state, provided the following statement for release by the Friends of Dick Lugar campaign:
"On May 8th, it will be Hoosiers, and only Hoosiers, who will choose our nominee for U.S. Senate - not out of state interests or endorsements. Dick Lugar has been a champion for Indiana and a pillar of strength and security for our country. I also appreciate his constant support for agriculture and homegrown energy. He has honorably served Hoosiers and he has my full support."
Dick Lugar is an unwavering advocate of U.S. leadership in the world, strong national security, free-trade and economic growth.
This fifth generation Hoosier is the U.S. Senate's most senior Republican and longest serving Member of Congress in Indiana history.
He is the Republican leader of the Foreign Relations Committee and a member and former chairman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 and won a sixth term in 2006 with 87 percent of the vote, his fourth consecutive victory by a two-thirds majority.
Senator Lugar graduated first in his class at both Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He attended Pembroke College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, studying politics, philosophy and economics. Senator Lugar volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1957, ultimately serving as an intelligence briefer for Admiral Arleigh Burke, Chief of Naval Operations.
Senator Lugar manages his family's 604-acre Marion County corn, soybean and tree farm. Before entering public life, he helped manage the family's food machinery manufacturing business in Indianapolis with his brother Tom.