Hoosier Lee Hamilton will receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) (L), the former vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attack Upon the United States (The 9/11 Commission), testifies during a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee September 8, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (November 16, 2015) — Former Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana is being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Hamilton is among 17 people who will be recognized by President Barack Obama at a November 24 ceremony. Hamilton spent 34 years in Congress representing southern Indiana before retiring in 1999.

The 84-year-old Hamilton was the top Democrat on the panel that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also was co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan commission that assessed U.S. policy in Iraq. He has also been a leading advocate for bi-partisanship and effective governance.

Hamilton was an early supporter of Obama when he announced he was running for president.

Hamilton now leads Indiana University’s Center on Congress.

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