Frank Lautenberg
United States Senator from New Jersey; co-founder of Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
Frank Lautenberg
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.
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This Is Why America Will Miss Harry Reid So Terribly
Huffington Post - 2 months
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Congress Is Finally Overhauling A Decades-Old Chemical Safety Law
Huffington Post - 9 months
WASHINGTON -- Congress this week is poised to pass legislation overhauling chemical safety for the first time in 40 years -- with strong bipartisan support, no less. It would be the first major new environmental law in two decades. One might expect the feat would be a happy moment for those who have advocated change for years. Except, they aren't all exactly happy. The environmental and public health community is fairly tepid about the final version of the measure, a negotiated text released last week that combines elements of previously passed Senate and House bills. Some groups have endorsed it. Others are opposed. Many simply point out the bill's strengths and flaws, without taking a position for or against its passage. The consensus is that the bill is good, but not good enough, and probably the best Congress could do.  The bill, called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, a 1976 law guiding t ...
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Paul Ryan Balks Over Blocking Gun Sales To People On Terror Watch List
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Cancer Prevention: First on the List
Huffington Post - about 3 years
My appeal to one and all is that we make cancer prevention the No. 1 priority for ourselves, our communities and our nation. Cancer does not discriminate; it has no particular ideology or political party. According to a report by the American Cancer Society (ACS), "In 2013, about 580,350 Americans are expected to die of cancer, almost 1,600 people per day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease." The World Health Organization reports that cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths. While I am the founder of Less Cancer, I am not a doctor or a scientist. However, I do know cancer firsthand. I unfortunately have had to speak the unthinkable final "goodbyes" to my mother, sister, brother, brother-in-law and several friends. One young friend, Hugh Wiley, was eulogized at his funeral by Less Cancer board member Stormy Stokes Hood as smelling like "sunshine and dirt." A beautiful, act ...
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West Virginia Governor Starting To Feel Like Maybe Rivers <i>Shouldn't</i> Be Filled With Poison
Huffington Post - about 3 years
As residents of West Virginia perfect their ability to glance suspiciously at the water flowing from their taps, state lawmakers have officially whipped themselves into a lather of "Somebody do something!" And, as Reuters' Ian Simpson reports, that "something" may end up being legislation geared toward "tightening" the rules that have heretofore been noteworthy in their slackness. The first foray into better regulation is being proposed by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D), who said in a joint statement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Monday, "The discharge of chemicals or other contaminants into our water supply is unacceptable and will not be tolerated." This is a break with the status quo, in which a lax regulatory regime was pretty much deemed to be tolerable. Why not gaze upon Tomblin's proposals, per Reuters, and steel yourself against the question you will inevitably have: "Wait, you mean that West Virginia regulators weren't doing this stuff already?" Tomblin said t ...
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Chris Christie Nominating Chief Of Staff As New Jersey Attorney General
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Dec 2 (Reuters) - New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie on Monday said he will nominate his chief of staff, Kevin O'Dowd, to be the state's next attorney general. O'Dowd, a former federal prosecutor in New Jersey, must be confirmed by state lawmakers. Both Democrats and Republicans issued statements of support for the selection on Monday. Christie's last choice for the post was controversial. He previously picked Paula Dow, a Democrat and the state's first African-American top cop. As attorney general, she declined to join other mostly Republican-led states in a lawsuit challenging Obamacare. Christie appointed his previous attorney general, Jeffrey Chiesa, in June to fill the state Senate seat left vacant when Frank Lautenberg died. Jay Hoffman has been acting attorney general since then.
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Jim Cooper Proposes Ban On Death Gratuity For Lawmakers' Spouses
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) introduced a resolution in the House this week, proposing a ban on death gratuities for spouses of deceased lawmakers. When a member of Congress dies in office, an item is inserted into the next appropriations bill, granting the equivalent of one year's pay to the survivors of the lawmaker. On Saturday, Cooper told The Hill that members of Congress should not receive such "special treatment," but should secure their families' futures through life insurance, "like regular citizens." "The death gratuity became customary starting in 1918 before the birth of modern life insurance (1924), the creation of Social Security (1935), the establishment of civil service pensions (1942), and health benefits under Medicare (1965)," Cooper said. "A lot has changed since 1918, and the gratuity custom should have been abandoned a long time ago." In October, a death gratuity was included in the 35-page bill that ended the government shutdown and raised the debt ceiling ...
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Cory Booker Takes Senate Oath To Cheers And Chuckles (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON -- Cory Booker, the former Democratic mayor of Newark, was sworn in as a United States senator from New Jersey just after Thursday noon, winning a standing ovation and some chuckles for a couple of awkward moments. He was escorted into the Senate chamber by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), whom Vice President Joe Biden addressed first as "Frank" -- the name of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whom Booker is replacing. Biden was there to read Booker the oath of office. "Come on up here, Frank ... Bob," the vice president said, correcting himself. Sitting in the chamber were dozens of other Democrats and three Republicans, including the only other African-American senator at the moment, Tim Scott (R-S.C.). Booker is the first African American elected to the Senate since Barack Obama won the presidency. Scott, Roland Burris and Mo Cowan -- the latter two served only briefly -- were all appointed to fill vacancies between elections. Booker's first official act was to vote fo ...
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Cory Booker's Push For Criminal Justice Reform Gets Boost From Harry Reid, Eric Holder
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON -- Criminal justice reform will be at the top of Sen.-elect Cory Booker's (D-N.J.) agenda when he is sworn in on Thursday, and he has already spoken with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) about the role he will be able to play. "It was the first issue I brought up with the leader," said Booker in an interview with The Huffington Post on Tuesday, referring to an earlier conversation he had with Reid. Booker handily beat his opponent, Republican Steve Lonegan, in an Oct. 16 special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). In August, Booker unveiled an ambitious criminal justice reform agenda, which included ending the use of private prisons and eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders. Reid told The Huffington Post that he put Booker in touch with former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who also advocated for criminal justice reform before retiring from the chamber last year. Booker said he has not yet been able to ...
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Cory Booker Officiates Same-Sex Marriages At Newark City Hall
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) opened City Hall at 12:01 a.m. on Monday to officiate some of New Jersey's first same-sex marriages. Booker: "alright, it is officially passed midnight. Marriage is equal in New Jersey." Cheers in the rotunda. pic.twitter.com/UaFQwEGfV5 — Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) October 21, 2013 It's official, marriage is in #newjersey! pic.twitter.com/Zf220qGqPW — ACLU of New Jersey (@ACLUNJ) October 21, 2013 Newly married couples at Jersey City city hall, one minute after same-sex marriage was legalized in NJ. pic.twitter.com/I4iB1Y1XlO — Katie Zezima (@katiezez) October 21, 2013 @CoryBooker tearing up with couple #4. #NJ4M #NewJersey #NJ pic.twitter.com/hYIWUjo0zP — Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) October 21, 2013 And another! Congratulations! #NJ4M #NewJersey #NJ pic.twitter.com/wmB7KuMjsd — Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) October 21, 2013 These are the faces of marriage equality in New Jersey. pic.twitter.com/bGVnmxHvTx — David Cruz (@CruzNJTV) O ...
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How Green Is Cory Booker?
Mother Jones - over 3 years
This story first appeared on the Grist website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When Cory Booker's name is mentioned in the same sentence with "green," it's usually in reference to the money he attracts. Still, in his six years as mayor of Newark, New Jersey, he's been no slacker on the environmental front. Tooting his own horn on his website, Booker credits himself with an impressive list of green achievements, among them creating "the largest parks and green-space expansion in Newark in over a century," building hundreds of green affordable housing units, securing $1.5 million to reduce urban heat island effect, and creating "acres of urban farms" that benefit underserved neighborhoods. Booker, who just trounced his tea party challenger, Steve Lonegan, in the race to succeed longtime Sen. Frank Lautenberg, now takes this experience, along with his state's deep tradition of environmental justice advocacy, to Washington, DC. But when it comes ...
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Steve Lonegan Election Results 2013: Republican Loses Race Against Cory Booker
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Republican Steve Lonegan was defeated by Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) in the race to become the next U.S. Senator from New Jersey. The two faced off at the polls in a special election that took place Wednesday. Booker will take the Senate seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), who passed away in June 2013. Lonegan waged a tough campaign against Booker. The AP reports: Throughout the campaign, Lonegan was aggressive, criticizing Booker during a string of homicides in Newark, holding a red carpet event in rally to mock the time Booker spent fundraising in California and declaring that "New Jersey needs a leader, not a tweeter." Lonegan also criticized Booker when a Portland, Ore., stripper revealed a series of not-so-salacious Twitter messages she'd exchanged with Booker, who's single. The topic resurfaced last week when Lonegan fired a key adviser after a profane interview in which the adviser suggested Booker's words were "like what a gay guy would say to a stripper." Lon ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Lautenberg
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 89
    On June 6, 2013, Christie appointed Republican New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to fill the Senate seat until the elected winner can be sworn in.
    More Details Hide Details On October 17, 2013, Democrat Cory Booker was announced the winner of the special election. The results for Lautenberg's elections to the US Senate:
    He was buried on June 7, 2013, with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
    More Details Hide Details The United States House of Representatives passed on September 20, 2013, a spending bill, H.J.Res.59 - Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, which is being reviewed by the United States Senate. It includes a $174,000 tax-free death benefit payment to his widow. An annual salary payment to the widow or family member of a deceased lawmaker is a long-standing tradition for the United States Congress going back to the 1800s. On June 4, 2013, Governor Chris Christie announced that a special election to fill the vacant Senate seat will be held on October 16, 2013. A special primary, which was won by Cory Booker as the Democrat and Steve Lonegan as the Republican candidate, was held on August 13, 2013.
    On June 6, 2013, his body lay in repose atop the Lincoln Catafalque within the Senate chamber at the Capitol.
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    On February 14, 2013, Lautenberg announced he would not seek re-election.
    More Details Hide Details In the press conference, Lautenberg joked, "Is it too late to change my mind?", and joked that he would pray "something goes wrong" so he could be called on to run again. At the time of his death from viral pneumonia at age 89, Lautenberg was the oldest serving senator and the last remaining World War II veteran in the Senate. Lautenberg served on the following committees:
  • 2010
    Age 86
    In June 2010, Lautenberg compared the devil with Dubai, drawing stern criticism from some Arab American groups after making comments relating to the Dubai Ports World controversy.
    More Details Hide Details Lautenberg was quoted as stating, "We wouldn't transfer the title to the devil, and we're not going to transfer it to Dubai." According to a Foreign Policy in Focus article, Lautenberg defended his remarks due to the UAE's refusal to support U.S. policy toward Israel and Iran. According to the Arab American Institute, Lautenberg apologized in a letter upon meeting with Arab American Institute representatives.
    In 2010, Lautenberg's wealth was estimated to be between $55 million and $116.1 million, making him the fifth-wealthiest Senator.
    More Details Hide Details Lautenberg began collecting modern art after his election to the Senate, much of which was sold after his death.
    On June 26, 2010, the senator announced that he was cancer-free.
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    He was released from the hospital on February 25, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Six to eight chemotherapy treatments of the intensive R-CHOP regimen followed every 21 days over several months, and a doctor for Lautenberg at the time said a full recovery was expected. Lautenberg continued his Senate work between treatments.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had been hospitalized with profuse gastric bleeding following a fall in his Cliffside Park, New Jersey, home shortly after returning from a Haiti trip with a 12-member Congressional delegation.
  • 2008
    Age 84
    The New York Times editorial board endorsed Mr. Lautenberg's candidacy for Senate during the 2008 cycle.
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    Lautenberg formally announced his candidacy on March 31, 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 83
    On June 21, 2007, Lautenberg passed Clifford Case for the most votes on the Senate floor of any United States Senator in New Jersey history.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2006, Lautenberg announced his intention to run for re-election in 2008, saying that deciding not to run for re-election in 2000 "was among the worst decisions of his life."
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 82
    When Jon Corzine resigned from the Senate to become Governor of New Jersey, Lautenberg became the senior senator again in 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 81
    Lautenberg received an "A" on the Drum Major Institute's 2005 Congressional Scorecard on middle-class issues.
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    In 2005, he became a leading voice within the Senate in calling for an investigation into the Bush administration payment of columnists.
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  • 2004
    Age 80
    On 25 January 2004, he married his companion of nearly 16 years, Bonnie S. Englebardt.
    More Details Hide Details He also had two stepdaughters, Danielle Englebardt and Lara Englebardt Metz with Bonnie; and 13 grandchildren. Lautenberg resided in Montclair, New Jersey for much of his Senate career and last resided in nearby Cliffside Park.
  • 2003
    Age 79
    Lautenberg defeated Forrester in the general election, 54% to 44%, and took office for his fourth term in January 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Back in the Senate, Lautenberg was once again considered one of the chamber's most liberal members. He was pro-choice, supported gun control, introduced many bills increasing penalties for carjacking and car theft, and criticized the Bush administration on national security issues. He was heavily involved in various anti-smoking and airline safety legislation. He also co-sponsored legislation to increase drunk driving penalties. He was probably best known as the author of the legislation that banned smoking from most commercial airline flights. He also is known for authoring the Ryan White Care Act, which provides services to AIDS patients. Upon his return to the Senate, Lautenberg was the first U.S. senator to introduce legislation calling for homeland security funds to be distributed solely on the basis of risk and vulnerability.
  • 2002
    Age 78
    Intending to run for a second term, Torricelli was to face off against Republican Doug Forrester, the former mayor of West Windsor Township, in the November 2002 mid-term elections, and he was expected to win, as a Republican had not won election to a Senate seat in New Jersey since Clifford P. Case won election to his fourth and last term in 1972.
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    Torricelli decided to cease his campaign for re-election, and announced his decision on September 30, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The New Jersey Democratic Party made overtures to the retired Senator Bradley, who declined, and to Congressmen Robert Menendez and Frank Pallone, who were both in the middle of their own campaigns for re-election, and thus were unavailable. Finally, the party reached out to Lautenberg, who accepted the offer. Almost immediately, the New Jersey Republican Party challenged the replacing of Torricelli with Lautenberg, citing that the timing was too close to the election, and, per New Jersey law, the change could not be allowed. The ballot name change was unanimously upheld by the New Jersey Supreme Court, who cited that the law did not provide for a situation like Torricelli's, and said that leaving Torricelli on the ballot would be an unfair advantage for Forrester. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case.
  • 2000
    Age 76
    He announced his retirement in 2000, but denied it was because he thought he would lose to Whitman or Kean, saying that he had been vulnerable in previous elections, and, "Mr. Vulnerable always wins."
    More Details Hide Details His fellow Democrat and businessman, Jon Corzine, was elected to replace him. Almost immediately, Lautenberg regretted his decision, especially after neither Whitman nor Kean ran against Corzine in the general election (instead, Congressman Bob Franks ran for the seat, and was defeated). He also was said to be missing his days working in the Senate. He had considered reversing his decision and running for re-election, but since his rival, Senator Torricelli, had encouraged Corzine to run in the first place, Lautenberg would likely have had trouble restarting his campaign. A little over a year after he left office, however, Lautenberg found a way to get back in. This way came at the expense of his long-time rival. In 1996, then-Congressman Torricelli won against fellow Congressman Dick Zimmer in a nasty campaign to succeed the retiring Bill Bradley.
  • 1999
    Age 75
    Lautenberg raised his concerns in a meeting with Democratic Senators in 1999, and Torricelli responded by shouting, "You’re a fucking piece of shit, and I’m going to cut your balls off!" Lautenberg was also less than enthusiastic at the prospect of fundraising for a grueling campaign, and did not want to have to spend more of his own money.
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    In 1999, two popular Republicans were considering running against Lautenberg: the incumbent Governor Christie Todd Whitman, and former Governor Thomas Kean.
    More Details Hide Details Polling showed Lautenberg trailing both of them. Lautenberg also did not get along with his New Jersey Senate colleague Robert Torricelli, and suspected that he was encouraging Whitman to run against him. Torricelli's relationship with Lautenberg had been very rocky, especially when Lautenberg directly accused Torricelli of encouraging Whitman to challenge him for his Senate seat.
  • 1994
    Age 70
    Lautenberg was re-elected in the Republican Revolution of 1994, defeating New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian by 50% to 47%.
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  • 1989
    Age 65
    Following his re-election, Lautenberg became a member of the President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism (PCAST), which was set up in September 1989 to review and report on aviation security policy in light of the sabotage of Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21, 1988.
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  • 1988
    Age 64
    In the 1988 elections, Lautenberg was opposed by Republican Wall Street executive, former college football star Brigadier General Pete Dawkins, who won the 1958 Heisman Trophy for the Army Black Knights.
    More Details Hide Details After trailing in early polls, the Lautenberg campaign, headed by Democratic consultant James Carville, ran an aggressive advertising campaign enumerating Lautenberg's legislative accomplishments and raising the possibility that Dawkins' candidacy was intended solely as a stepping stone to the presidency, as well as pointing out his lack of roots in New Jersey. Lautenberg ultimately came from behind to win re-election, 54% to 46%. The race was named the 17th-nastiest in American political history by political scientist Kerwin Swint in his book Mudslingers: The 25 Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 60
    In his first term, Lautenberg pushed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which was passed in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he spoke at the Democratic National Convention, though he was overshadowed by New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who gave the keynote speech.
  • 1982
    Age 58
    Both opponents cited Lautenberg's age among reasons to vote against him. Andrews, for example, referenced Lautenberg's own 1982 defeat of Millicent Fenwick, in which Lautenberg was alleged to have referred to Fenwick's age (Fenwick was 72 at the time; Lautenberg was 84 in 2008).
    More Details Hide Details Lautenberg denied he made Fenwick's age an issue, saying he only ever questioned Fenwick's "ability to do the job."
    Also running was Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello, who had run against Lautenberg in the 1982 Senate primary.
    More Details Hide Details Andrews ran a poor campaign, "best remembered—if it's remembered at all—for its ineptness." He was also tarred with his vote for the Iraq War. Lautenberg's New Jersey Senate colleague Bob Menendez also came to his aid and Lautenberg defeated Andrews 59% to 35% in the June 3 primary. He then defeated former Congressman Dick Zimmer in the general election 56% to 43%.
    Lautenberg was elected to five terms as a Senator. He first took office in December 1982 and served three terms, retiring from the Senate in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Called upon to run again one year later due to circumstances surrounding his Senate colleague Robert Torricelli's re-election campaign, Lautenberg returned to the Senate in January 2003 and was elected to one additional term in 2008. He died during his second term. Before entering politics, he was the chairman and chief executive officer of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. In his early years, he served overseas in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1942 to 1946 as a part of the war effort, and after returning home his interest in American political events increased. He has been called "the last of the New Deal liberals" and was known for his legislative efforts against drunk driving, and his support of spending for Amtrak and urban public transportation, for stronger environmental regulations, greater consumer protections, and investigations of wrongdoing by Wall Street.
    Brady, who had just a few days left in his appointed term, resigned on December 27, 1982, allowing Lautenberg to take office several days before the traditional swearing-in of senators, which gave him an edge in seniority over the other freshman senators.
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    The seat had been occupied by Democrat Harrison A. Williams, who resigned on March 11, 1982, after being implicated in the Abscam scandal.
    More Details Hide Details After Williams' resignation, Republican Governor Thomas Kean appointed Republican Nicholas F. Brady to the seat. Brady served in the Senate through the primary and general elections but did not run for the seat himself. In the general election, Lautenberg faced popular Republican congresswoman Millicent Fenwick. She ran on a very progressive platform and polls in the Summer of 1982 put her ahead by 18 points. Even Lautenberg quipped that she was "the most popular candidate in the country." Lautenberg spent more of his own money, eventually out-spending Fenwick two-to-one. He emphasised President Reagan's unpopularity, reminded the voters that she would be a vote for a Republican majority in the Senate and called Fenwick, who was 72, "eccentric" and "erratic" but denied that he was referring to her age. He did however point out that she would be almost 80 at the end of her first term and was therefore unlikely to gain much seniority in the Senate. Lautenberg won by 51% to 48%, in what was considered a major upset.
    In 1982, he ran for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.
    More Details Hide Details He faced nine other candidates: former State Banking Commissioner Angelo Bianchi, former Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello, former Congressman Joseph A. LeFante, labor leader Frank Forst, former Congressman Andrew Maguire, Richard McAleer, businessman Howard Rosen, Princeton Mayor Barbara Boggs Sigmund, and Passaic County Freeholder Cyril Yannarelli. Maguire was the favorite but Boggs' entry took votes away from him and Lautenberg spent a considerable amount of his own money. Lautenberg won with a plurality, taking 26% of the vote to Maguire's 23%, LeFante's 20% and Sigmund's 11%.
  • 1978
    Age 54
    He was the executive commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1978 to 1982.
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  • 1975
    Age 51
    He became the company's CEO in 1975.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 48
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 32
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 25
    Then, financed by the GI Bill, he attended and graduated from Columbia Business School in 1949 with a degree in economics.
    More Details Hide Details He worked as a salesman for Prudential Insurance and was the first salesman at Automatic Data Processing (ADP), a payroll-management company.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1941
    Age 17
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Age 0
    Born on January 23, 1924.
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