Lugar fights back on questions about residency
February 3rd, 2012
09:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Lugar fights back on questions about residency

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana responded Friday to recent reports that show he doesn’t live in the state he’s been representing for more than 35 years.

The longtime senator told CNN he maintains a residence for “political purposes” in Indianapolis but doesn’t live at the physical address-staying in hotels around the state, instead.

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Lugar pointed to a loophole in Indiana law that protects his residency status while he lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.

According to the state’s constitution, an absent individual does not lose residence as long as he or she is away “on the business of the State of Indiana or the United States.”

The longtime senator listed his voting address as 3200 Highwoods Court in Indianapolis but said his actual home is located in McLean, Virginia–a Washington suburb.

According to a recent report by The Daily Caller, a conservative news website, the woman who owns the house at the Indiana address said she knew that Lugar had built the home, but she was not aware he had been voting from that address.

The Daily Caller wrote the story after an Indiana tea party supporter and investigator began looking into Lugar’s residency situation.

Responding to the article, Lugar deemed the report “unfair.”

"It's a, I think a very unfair attack…because this is purely the law, two attorneys general have ruled that, specifically so that there was never any ambiguity for the last 36 years," he said.

The senator served as mayor of Indianapolis from 1968-1975, according to his website. He was elected to the Senate in 1976.

Brad King, co-director of the Indiana Election Division, said as long as an individual establishes residency before he or she leaves the state for work, the law permits that person to remain a resident, no matter how long that person is gone.

As for voting standards, King said voters must list a residence when they first register to vote, but they’re not required to show proof of residence.

If they move, they’re directed to indicate a change of address but, again, not required to prove the change.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Dick Lugar , John McCain and Orrin Hatch need to retire or open a funeral home.

    February 3, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. val

    The race has narrowed between 1 Honest, Extremely Intelligent, HardWorking, Productive, Normal (real) American, Doctor, ......... and 3 Chiksa(s).

    February 3, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What about all the COLLEGE KIDS who can't vote in the State they are attending college. Explain that to me someone, please explain.

    February 3, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  4. Joel Holtzman

    Voter fraud? Repubs/teabaggers continue to eat their own.

    February 3, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  5. otermbachmann

    Wow, what a lugar. Neocons sure screw their people over.

    February 3, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  6. Terry

    Why not offer this residence for use by the Poor Citizens of your state?

    February 3, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. Jerry from Dallas

    Again Republicans capitalizing on loopholes to serve self interest. This Sen has served for 36yrs! Is it a lifetime seat? Why bother lifetime dictators all over the World if our own laws are soo flawed that one can serve longtime at such important political seat. In other words,he was a Senator couple of years before I was born and still he is in office 33yrs later.

    February 4, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  8. joseph

    This may not be illegal, it is definitely unethical. It is common to Republicans that make too much on morals to violate common moral standards easily. They are bunch of hypocrites, anyway.

    February 4, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  9. nickatdabeach

    Fred (Gordon) Johnston, formerly of Indpls, used to coach Dick Lugar boys in little league in the Indpls area many years ago. I'm afraid Lugar is a Bilderberg Group New World Order sellout, however, so he must be defeated before the NWO grasp tightens even more.

    February 4, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  10. John

    Boy that don't seem to be right. He doesn't even live In Indiana since the 1950 and you can run for Public office. And the place he said where he Residency Is he don't even own. Now I think the Tea Party Is a bunch Of Crap ,but if he hasn't live In Indiana for sixty two years. Than just ask me how Is he suppose to know what going on here. No wonder the Republican don't care what happen to the state the are running In.

    February 4, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  11. For Obama 2012

    And we want to have every one show a photo ID because someone is committing voter fraud. Who said that?

    February 4, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  12. HenryB

    A wonderful example of someone not knowing the people he represents. Staying in hotels around Indiana! Give me a break. And this is what we want in our Congress?

    February 4, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  13. Jules

    So somebody else owns the house that he lists as his residence for voting purposes?

    February 4, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  14. diridi

    I think, it is time to impose Term Limits on Congress and senate. And Pass Anti-Lobby Laws. Obama, please do this in second term. Obama2012.

    February 4, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  15. RobynH

    The Tea Party continues their proud tradition of destroying America one reasonable person at a time
    by attacking their own party.
    Well done, nutbags!

    February 4, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Same thing the flip flopper was doing. He had a house in another state and supposedly lived in one of his (I have been in the military) son's basement to claim residency in Massachusetts.

    February 4, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. Marie MD

    Sorry that should have read (I have NEVER been in the military) son's

    February 4, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |