(NEW YORK) — Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., the oldest U.S. Senator and the last remaining World War II veteran serving in the senate died on Monday. He was 89.
Lautenberg passed away at 4:02 a.m. on Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell due to complications from viral pneumonia.
Lautenberg was a leader in the Senate with a particular passion for environmental protection, transportation and public health. During his career, Lautenberg had a hand in crafting legislation to curtail drunk driving, including setting the nationwide blood alcohol standard at .08. He also co-wrote the new GI Bill for the 21st Century, and held the record for number of votes cast by a New Jersey senator.
Lautenberg announced earlier this year that he would not seek a sixth term in the Senate in 2014. He is survived by his wife, six children and their spouses, and 13 grandchildren.
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