Mark Helmke worked with Sen. Lugar for more than 30 years on a variety of international issues.
Former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar helped end apartheid in South Africa.
President Obama presented former Senator Richard Lugar with the medal during a ceremony at the White House today.
Cook Group chairman Steve Ferguson received the title of Business Leader of the Year. Former Senator Richard Lugar was named Government Leader of the Year
The former senator and congressman say the U.S. needs to send a clear message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The former senator will be given the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Richard Lugar will serve as a distinguished scholar at IU’s School of Global and International Studies.
The announcement is expected to include an expansion of the Center on Congress, housed at Indiana University.
Legislators say the are ready to get to work with just two months before another showdown, over raising the debt limit and avoiding automatic spending cuts.
There were two yeas, six nays, and one abstention from Indiana congressmen. Both Indiana senators voted in favor of it.