New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg Dies At 89


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New Jersey United States Senator, Frank Lautenberg, has died due to complications from viral pneumonia.  Lautenberg was 89 years old and the only remaining US Senator that served in World War II.  Before initially being elected to the Senate in 1982, Lautenberg was a founding member of ADP where he served as CEO.  Today ADP employs more than 57,000 people worldwide, 4,500, in New Jersey.  He won re-election in 1988 and again in 1994 before retiring, only to return in 2002 and winning re-election in 2008.  He recently announced that he would not seek another term. Lautenberg, a liberal democratic Senator, was instrumental in passing such laws as banning smoking on airplanes, lowering the legally intoxicated blood alcohol level from 1.0 to .08 and raising the drinking age to 21.  President Obama gave him a fitting tribute, issuing the following statement, “Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg, a proud New Jerseyan who lived America’s promise as a citizen, and fought to keep that promise alive as a senator.” Senator Lautenberg grew up in Patterson New Jersey and enlisted in the army when he was 18 years; serving in Europe during World War II.  He graduated from Columbia University with the  help of the G.I. Bill.  Governor Christie will appoint his successor in accordance with the United States Constitution. The appointed Senator, in all likelihood a Republican, will serve the remainder of the term and face the general election next year, an unenviable position. Lautenberg is survived by his wife, Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, six children and 13 grand children.

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