Frank Lautenberg

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Frank Lautenberg
U.S. Senior Senator, New Jersey
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 2)

December 27, 1982 – January 3, 2001
January 7, 2003
Serving with Robert Menendez

Preceded by Nicholas F. Brady
Born January 23, 1924
Spouse Bonnie S. Englebardt
Religion Jewish

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Frank Raleigh Lautenberg (born January 23, 1924) is a businessman and Democratic Party politician. Lautenberg is the senior United States Senator from New Jersey, he is in his second stint in office, first serving from 1983 to 2001, and again since 2003.

He is the only current Senator who returned to the Senate after his first term in office and is the third oldest member of the Senate.



Lautenberg was born in Paterson, New Jersey to poor Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia; his father Sam, who worked in silk mills, sold coal, farmed and once ran a tavern, died of cancer when Frank was 19. Lautenberg served overseas in the United States Army Signal Corps in World War II after graduating from Nutley High School. [1]

In 1982 he received the Democratic nomination for a US Senate seat from New Jersey for that year's election. Lautenberg won the election, defeating Republican congresswoman Millicent Fenwick by 52% to 48%.

Lautenberg announced his retirement in 2000, and his fellow Democrat and businessman, Jon Corzine, was elected to replace him. Lautenberg unexpectedly returned to politics in 2002.

Lautenberg is considered to be one of the Senate's most liberal members.

In February 2006, Lautenberg announced that he intends to run for reelection in 2008, saying that deciding not to run for reelection in 2000 "was among the worst decisions of his life." [2]


  • Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, Chairman

Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security

    • Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security, and Water Quality, Chairman
    • Subcommittee on Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wildlife Protection
    • Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health
  • Senate Committee on the Budget

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