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Lee H. Hamilton

Former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton


Former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton is one of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress and representative democracy. A leading figure on foreign policy, intelligence and national security, Hamilton served as vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission and co-chairman of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. Hamilton also founded the Center on Congress (now IU Center on Representative Government) at Indiana University in 1999 and served as its director until 2015.

Hamilton represented Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1999. He also served as president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., from 1999 to 2010. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Hamilton currently serves as a distinguished scholar in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and as a professor of practice in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Coverage area

Congress, foreign policy, intelligence, national security, 9/11 Commission.

Hamilton on Foreign Policy