Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar’s follow senators took time Tuesday to commend him for his service and wish him well.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he first got to know Lugar during McConnell‘s first run for the Senate in 1984, and they have been friends ever since. He said no one on Capitol Hill has a bad thing to say about the six-term Republican because he is always helpful and a gentleman to everyone.
McConnell choked up near the end of his speech when he wished Lugar well as he begins the next phase of his life in the classroom. Lugar announced last week that he will teach at the University of Indianapolis.
“Senator, you are a treasure to the Senate and a model of the public servant. We are sorry to see you so, and I am sorry to lose wise counsel,” McConnell said. “I know that whatever you turn to next, you‘ll be a great success, and I look forward to hearing all about it.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said he and many other Democrats, including President Obama, have enjoyed working across the aisle with Lugar.
“His work with Senator Nunn in dealing with the proliferation of nuclear weaponry and the dissolution of the Soviet Union was truly historic, and may have saved the world from catastrophe,” he said referring to Lugar’s work with former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn on the 1991 law that helps the former states of the Soviet Union safely dispose of their stockpiles of nuclear weapons.