Mike Pence salutes his late ‘friend and mentor’ Sen. Richard Lugar

Former Sen. Richard “Dick” Lugar (R-IN) died on Sunday at the age of 87.

His death was mourned nationwide by Republicans, including Vice President Mike Pence, who called Lugar a great “friend and mentor” in a statement released Sunday.

Longtime Mentor

It’s no surprise that the former Indiana senator and former Indiana governor were friends.

And as such, Pence had some kind words to share after his colleague’s passing.

“Hoosiers are saddened today to learn of the passing of one of our greatest statesmen, Senator Richard Lugar,” Pence said in his statement. “Senator Lugar’s contributions to the life of our nation are countless.”

He went on: “Senator Lugar was also a friend and mentor throughout our public career and we will miss his kindness, example, and wisdom.”

Distinguished Career

Lugar served in the Senate for more than three decades before retiring.

Prior to that, he served as the mayor of Indianapolis for seven years.

He was also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was granted to him by former President Barack Obama.

The respect Lugar garnered crossed the aisle, and that was quite apparent as sentiments started to pour in Sunday night when word of his death got out.

Obama called him “an American statesman.” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) described him as “the consummate U.S. Senator.”

Through the years, Lugar was truly worried more about the country than he was the letter next to his name. He would gladly walk across the aisle to hammer out legislation as long as that legislation benefitted all Americans.

And that’s why he will be remembered kindly for years to come.

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