Frank Lautenberg

United States Senator From New Jersey; Co-founder of Automatic Data Processing + Inc.
Born Jan 23, 1924

Frank Raleigh Lautenberg is the senior United States Senator from New Jersey and a member of the Democratic Party. He first served in the United States Senate from 1982 to 2001; after a brief retirement, he was re-elected to the Senate and has served since 2003. At age 88, Lautenberg is the oldest current senator. Before entering politics, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automatic Data Processing, Inc.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Lautenberg.


1924 Birth Born on January 23, 1924.


1941 17 Years Old After graduating from Nutley High School in 1941, Lautenberg served overseas in the United States Army Signal Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1946.


1949 25 Years Old Then, financed by the GI Bill, he attended and graduated from Columbia Business School in 1949 with a degree in economics. … Read More


1956 32 Years Old Frank Lautenberg married Lois Levenson in 1956, with whom he had four children: Ellen, Nan, Lisa, and Joshua. Their 31-year marriage ended in divorce, in 1988.


1972 48 Years Old Lautenberg contributed to Democratic candidates for years. He donated $90,000 to George McGovern's campaign for President in 1972, earning himself a place on one of Richard Nixon's enemies lists.


1975 51 Years Old He became the company's CEO in 1975.
1978 54 Years Old He was the executive commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1978 to 1982.
In 1982, he ran for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. … Read More


1984 - 2000 7 More Events
2002 78 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Torricelli decided to cease his campaign for re-election, and announced his decision on September 30, 2002. … Read More
2003 - 2004 2 More Events
2005 81 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, he became a leading voice within the Senate in calling for an investigation into the Bush administration payment of columnists.
2006 82 Years Old When Jon Corzine resigned from the Senate to become Governor of New Jersey, Lautenberg became the senior senator again in 2006.
2007 83 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, Lautenberg proposed the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2007, designed to deny weapons purchases by persons that the government has placed on the terrorist watchlist.
2008 84 Years Old 1 More Event
Lautenberg formally announced his candidacy on March 31, 2008.
On February 19, 2010, his office announced that Lautenberg had been diagnosed with a diffuse large b-cell lymphoma (an aggressive but curable blood cancer that appears in organs like the stomach) at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. … Read More
On February 14, 2013, Lautenberg announced he would not seek re-election. … Read More
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