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Richard L. Roudebush

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

Richard Roudebush
Richard L. Roudebush (Indiana Congressman).jpg
Administrator of Veterans Affairs
In office
October 12, 1974 – January 20, 1977
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byDonald Johnson
Succeeded byMax Cleland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1971
Preceded byEdward Roush
Succeeded byBud Hillis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1969
Preceded byRalph Harvey
Succeeded byDavid Dennis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1967
Preceded byFred Wampler
Succeeded byWilliam Bray
Personal details
Richard Lowell Roudebush

(1918-01-18)January 18, 1918
Noblesville, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 28, 1995(1995-01-28) (aged 77)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationButler University (BA)

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.

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 the closest Senate election in Indiana history. He later served as the Administrator of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration from 1974 to 1977.

Wernher von Braun and Roudebush (L) discuss Apollo models.

He died on January 28, 1995. The Richard L. Roudebush V.A. Medical Center, a part of the Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, was named in his honor.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Richard L. Roudebush (id: R000464)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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