Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey Has Died at 89

The Senate's last World War II veteran planned to retire at the end of his term in 2014.
lautenberg.banner.reuters.jpg.jpg
Reuters

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who was first elected to the Senate in 1982, died Monday morning of viral pneumonia at the age of 89. Lautenberg, who was up for reelection in 2014, announced earlier this year that he would retire at the end of his term. He was the last World War II veteran in the Senate.

New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie will now be tasked with appointing someone to fill the Senate seat, setting off a potential political fight with Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

"I am not announcing the end of anything," Lautenberg said in a retirement statement to Newark's Star-Ledgerin February. "I am announcing the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey. While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to do before the end of this term and I'm going to keep fighting as hard as ever for the people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate."

For more on the senator's career, see our Almanac profile here. National Journal's vote rating analysis placed Sen. Lautenberg as the sixth most liberal senator in 2012.

Presented by

Matt Berman is an online editor at National Journal.

Life as an Obama Impersonator

"When you think you're the president, you just act like you are above everybody else."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

VIdeo

Life as an Obama Impersonator

"When you think you're the president, you just act like you are above everybody else."

Video

Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.

Video

Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."

Video

The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands

Video

'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.

More in Politics

Just In