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Richard Roudebush
Administrator of Veterans Affairs

In office
October 12, 1974 – January 20, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Donald Johnson
Succeeded by Max Cleland
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana

In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Fred Wampler
Succeeded by Bud Hillis
Constituency 6th district (1961–67)
Indiana's 10th congressional district|10th district (1967–69)
Indiana's 5th congressional district|5th district (1969–71)
Personal details
Born Richard Lowell Roudebush
(1918-01-18)January 18, 1918
Noblesville, Indiana, U.S.
Died January 28, 1995(1995-01-28) (aged 77)
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican

Richard Lowell Roudebush (January 18, 1918 – January 28, 1995) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Born on a farm in Hamilton County, near Noblesville, Indiana, Roudebush attended Hamilton County schools. He graduated from Butler University, Indianapolis, in 1941. He served in the United States Army from November 18, 1941, to August 12, 1944, as a demolition specialist for the Ordnance Department in Middle Eastern, North African, and Italian campaigns. He was a farmer and a partner in a livestock commission company. He served as National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1957–1958, and as chairman of the Indiana Veterans Commission from 1954 to 1960.

Roudebush was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1971). He was not a candidate in 1970 for reelection, but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate against incumbent Democrat Vance Hartke in the closest Senate election in Indiana history. He later served as the Administrator of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration from 1974 to 1977.

He died on January 28, 1995. The Richard L. Roudebush V.A. Medical Center in Indianapolis was named in his honor.

See also

  • List of members of the House Un-American Activities Committee


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Fred Wampler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
William Bray
Preceded by
Ralph Harvey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
David Dennis
Preceded by
Edward Roush
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bud Hillis
Party political offices
Preceded by
Russell Bontranger
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Indiana
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Dick Lugar
Political offices
Preceded by
Donald Johnson
Administrator of Veterans Affairs
Succeeded by
Max Cleland

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