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Donnelly’s predecessor rings a bell

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., has not determined whether he will have a regional office for constituent services in Fort Wayne. But he will have something of a local presence for a while.

If you call the phone number used by Donnelly’s predecessor, Republican Richard Lugar, at his former Covington Plaza office along Jefferson Boulevard – 422-1505 – you will connect to Donnelly’s office in downtown Indianapolis until early February.

Elizabeth Shappell, communications director for Donnelly, said Thursday that as a courtesy to their replacements, former senators extend their phone numbers for 30 days after they leave office and calls are bounced to their successors. Donnelly took over from Lugar on Jan. 3.

The phone number at Donnelly’s Indianapolis office is 317-226-5555.

On Wednesday, after Donnelly toured the local Raytheon plant, Political Notebook asked him whether he plans to open a Fort Wayne office.

“We have not gotten to that step yet,” Donnelly said.

He said he is considering all of Indiana for possible regional office sites.

In addition to his Capitol Hill digs at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington and his Indianapolis office, Donnelly said he has two staff members working in the South Bend office he maintained as a member of the House. Donnelly lives in nearby Granger.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, operate constituent service offices at the E. Ross Adair Federal Building in downtown Fort Wayne.

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