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Sen. Harkin on Passing of Frank Lautenberg

Updated: Monday, June 3 2013, 01:19 PM CDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Democratic New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg has died at the age of  89.  Lautenberg was the oldest member of the Senate and the last World War II veteran to hold a Senate seat. His office says Lautenberg died early today in a New York hospital after suffering complications from viral pneumonia.  He had announced in February that he would not be seeking a sixth term.
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin released this statement about the late Senator "Frank Lautenberg was a wonderful friend and a senator of great accomplishments. Time and again, he took on powerful interests to improve the health and safety of the American people, and countless individuals have led longer healthier lives as a result of his tireless advocacy. I was proud to work closely with him on the fight to combat the public health threat posed by tobacco  usage. during his three decades in the Senate, he left a lasting mark on our national life, including a national drinking age of 21 and a ban on smoking on commercial airline flights. I will remember Frank fondly as a man of honor and decency, and as a great progressive with a passion for justice and fairness. it was an honor and a privilege with him for so many years. Today, Ruth and I send our deepest condolences to Bonnie and the Lautenberg family." 
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will appoint Lautenberg's successor.Sen. Harkin on Passing of Frank Lautenberg

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