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Lugar elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Lugar is one of 198 people whose selection was announced Wednesday by the Cambridge, Mass., policy group.

Lugar is Indiana's longest-serving senator. He left office in January after losing the May 2012 Republican primary to tea party-backed state treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Since leaving the Senate, he has partnered with Indiana University, the University of Indianapolis and several global policy groups and has been knighted by the Queen of England.

Lugar says he is honored by his selection.

The academy's 2013 class also includes winners of the Nobel Prize, the National Medal of Science, the Pulitzer and MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 12 in Cambridge.

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