New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg Passes Away at Age 89
Matt | On 03, Jun 2013
Our condolences go out to the family and constituents of New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg. He passed away on Monday at age 89 of viral pneumonia.
Lautenberg assumed office in 1982 and served five non-consecutive terms in U.S. Senate. In February, he officially hung up his hat on any talk of seeking re-election in 2014 — a race that now has all eyes on Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
“[He] improved the lives of countless Americans with his commitment to our nation’s health and safety, from improving our public transportation to protecting citizens from gun violence to ensuring that members of our military and their families get the care they deserve,” said President Obama in a statement released on Monday.
Lautenberg was the last veteran of World War II left in the lawmaking body. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and their six children and 13 grandchildren.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will have to either appoint someone to temporarily serve out Lautenberg’s term from now until a special election in November. Or, he can send someone to serve until the senator’s term runs out at the beginning of 2015. It is unclear yet which direction the governor will take.