Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, who passed away on Sunday.

Flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset on the day of his funeral, which has not yet been announced.

Governor Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff as well to honor former U.S. Sen. Lugar.Lugar_Presidential Award

Legislators comment on the passing of U.S. Senator Lugar:

U.S. Senator Todd Young issued the following statement regarding the passing of Senator Richard Lugar:

“As a boss, a mentor, and a person, Richard Lugar was the gold standard. At a time when nuclear proliferation was civilization’s greatest threat, Senator Lugar helped save the world. He leaves a legacy as an exemplar of wisdom, civility, and bipartisanship. Always staying true to his temperament, he was a quiet, dignified statesman.  He thought before he spoke. He emphasized substance over personality.  In short, he set the bar for public leaders — and for leaders more generally. I’m not sure we will ever see another Richard Lugar, but I pray that we do. May God watch over him and his family.”

U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) Sunday released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar:

“Senator Richard Lugar was a Hoosier statesman without equal who worked tirelessly for peace, prosperity, and freedom at home and abroad. His wisdom, bipartisanship, and commitment to American ideals made our country stronger and the world safer. We mourn his loss, but we know his legacy will endure in those who follow his example of servant leadership. Dean and I join all Hoosiers praying for the Lugar family.”


Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following after the passing of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

“The world weeps alongside Indiana after just learning we lost one of our best, ever.

“As an always faithful servant to the highest ideals in every walk of his incredible life, Richard Lugar ran the family farm, charted a new innovative course for Indiana’s capital city, and devoted a record six terms as a U.S. Senator to making the world a more prosperous and peaceful place.

“He was an officer and gentleman, father and faith leader, a Mayor and Senator, a diplomat and legendary role model to millions.

“Janet and I are keeping Mrs. Lugar and their wonderful family in our prayers and ask all those touched by his service to join us.”\

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch offered the following after the passing of former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar.

“Senator Lugar was an institution, a policymaker and true advocate for the state of Indiana. His work in Congress remains unparalleled.

His political power influenced those around him, including myself. I first was inspired to enter politics in 1982, when I worked for him on his campaign trail. I know countless individuals who are in the leadership positions they are today, because of Senator Lugar.

I join the country in mourning the incredible loss we have incurred, along with his family. Indiana would not be the state it is without him, and we are forever in his debt.”


Attorney General Curtis Hill issued the following statement upon the passing of former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar:

“Indiana and all America will miss the gentle wisdom of Senator Dick Lugar. As a public servant, he was a model of civility and statesmanship. We can only hope that new generations of leaders will demonstrate such a combination of character and intellectual capacity.”