Former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Former Rep. Lee Hamilton, (D-IN), co-chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill February 1, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (November 16, 2015) — Former Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana is being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Hamilton is among 17 people who will be recognized by President Barack Obama at a November 24 ceremony. Hamilton spent 34 years in Congress representing southern Indiana before retiring in 1999.

The 84-year-old Hamilton was the top Democrat on the panel that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also was co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan commission that assessed U.S. policy in Iraq. He has also been a leading advocate for bi-partisanship and effective governance.

Hamilton was an early supporter of Obama when he announced he was running for president.

Hamilton now leads Indiana University’s Center on Congress.

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