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Richard L. Roudebush

Marshall Space Flight Center Director Wernher von Braun and Representative Roudebush discuss Apollo models.

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, Indiana, 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 livestock commission company. He served as National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1957-1958. He served as chairman of the Indiana Veterans Commission from 1954 to 1960.

Representative Roudebush and other members of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics visit the Marshall Space Flight Center on March 9, 1962 to gather first-hand information of the nation's space exploration program.

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 a close election. He later served as the Administrator of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration from 1974 to 1977. He died January 28, 1995.

The Richard L. Roudebush V.A. Medical Center, a part of the Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, has been named in his honor.


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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

1961 – 1967
Succeeded by
William G. Bray
Preceded by
Ralph Harvey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 10th congressional district

1967 – 1969
Succeeded by
David W. Dennis
Preceded by
J. Edward Roush
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

1969 – 1971
Succeeded by
Elwood Hillis
Party political offices
Preceded by
D. Russell Bontranger
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from Indiana
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Richard Lugar

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