Hamilton awarded presidential medal

Hamilton awarded presidential medal

Lee Hamilton, who represented Indiana for 34 years in Congress, was selected Monday as one of 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Hamilton has been one of the country’s most influential voices on international relations and American national security. His chairmanships in Congress included the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Since retiring from Congress, Hamilton has been involved in efforts to address some of the nation’s most high-profile homeland security and foreign policy challenges and served as vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission.

Early in his married life, Hamilton and his late wife Nancy lived in Columbus, where he practiced law and got involved in Democratic politics. He was treasurer of the Bartholomew County Young Democrats and helped Birch Bayh run for the U.S. Senate and John F. Kennedy campaign for president. The couple’s daughters, Tracy and Deborah, were born in Columbus.