Lugar casts final vote, helps avoid 'fiscal cliff'

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 5:25 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar has left the Senate with one last act of compromise in support of Congress' "fiscal cliff" deal.

The Indiana Republican ended his Senate career Thursday after having cast 13,067 votes over 36 years, including Tuesday's vote in favor of the fiscal cliff deal. That vote capped decades of work by Lugar to seek bipartisan compromise, a trait that helped lead to his defeat in last May's primary by state treasurer Richard Mourdock

U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly was sworn Thursday as Lugar's successor, two months after Donnelly defeated Mourdock in November's election.

Lugar's service places him 10th on the list of total votes cast in a Senate career. West Virginia's late Sen. Robert Byrd tops that list with 18,689 votes cast over 50 years in the chamber.

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