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Lawmakers, leaders across the country remember US Sen. Lugar

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) — Lawmakers across the country are mourning the loss of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar. 

Lugar, a Republican from Indianapolis, passed away Sunday morning from complications related to chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy, a rare neurological disorder. 

He launched a 35-year Capitol Hill career in 1976 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate — making him Indiana’s longest-serving senator. 

Many took to social media to honor the late senator and share stories of his impact on the state of Indiana and the United States. 

President Donald Trump said Monday in a statement that he and first lady Melania Trump extend their “deepest condolences to the citizens of Indiana and the entire Lugar family following the loss of a great American and public servant.”

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Trump called Lugar “a proud Hoosier and patriot” and said he “leaves behind a long record of legislative accomplishments and a tremendous legacy of service.” The statement was sent along with a photo of Trump meeting with Lugar in the Oval Office last June.

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