Professor of Practice
Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, a nonpartisan educational institution seeking to improve the public's understanding of Congress and to inspire young people and adults to take an active part in revitalizing representative government in America. For more than 40 years, Hamilton has been an important voice on international relations and American national security. From 1965 to 1999, he served Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he chaired several committees that include the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran. He was also chair of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress and worked to promote integrity and efficiency in the institution.
Since retiring from Congress, Hamilton has been at the center of efforts to address some of the nation's highest-profile homeland security and foreign policy challenges. He is a member of the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council, the CIA External Advisory Board, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Preventing the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect on American Soil. At IU, Hamilton is a distinguished scholar in the IU School of Global and International Studies and co-chair (with the Honorable Richard Lugar) of the IU International Engagement Advisory Board.