Lugar casts 12,000th vote in Senate

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 3:15 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Sen. Dick Lugar has cast his 12,000th vote, moving him to 13th place on the all-time Senate voting list.

Lugar, the longest serving U.S. senator in Indiana history, cast the vote in Washington on Wednesday during debate on a bill governing acquisition of public land.

The six-term senator voted against a motion to table an amendment that would have directed purchases from willing sellers instead of eminent domain. The motion was defeated 63-35.

The vote moved the Senate's most senior Republican past the late Sen. Quentin Burdick, who voted 11,932 times.

Lugar has perfect voting attendance for 2009 and has maintained a better than 98 percent attendance record during his more than 32 years in the Senate.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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