The last of the WW2 veterans serving in the Senate, and by all accounts someone who lived the american dream.
"The North Jersey Record reports this morning that Senator Frank Lautenberg has passed away at 89 years old. Other news agencies are reporting the same, but so far all seem to be based on the Record’s report:
Sne. Frank Lautenberg died this morning of viral pneumonia at age 89, his office said.
The oldest member of the Senate, Lautenberg had struggled with health problems since late last year, when he missed several weeks of votes because of what he said was flu and bronchitis.
The death of Lautenberg, a Democrat who was the longest-serving senator in New Jersey history, creates a vacancy that Governor Christie, a Republican, will fill.
I’m still awaiting confirmation, since we had a hoax almost three years ago about Lautenberg. The NJ Record is a pretty reliable source, though, and we should be seeing more information shortly. (No one answered at the Senator’s office when I tried to get confirmation.)
Our prayers are with the Lautenberg family, friends, and staff at this time. Keep checking back for updates.
Update: Frank Lautenberg was the last of the WWII veterans in the US Senate"