Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., the oldest
serving US senator and the last lawmaker in the chamber to have
served in World War II, died Monday at age 89, his office said.
Lautenberg was a prominent liberal Democrat known for his opposition to the Iraq War and his advocacy of environmental protection, public health and most recently gun control.
He first served in the Senate from 1982 to 2001 and then returned to the chamber in 2003.
Over the course of his career, he championed legislation that banned smoking on airplanes, kept guns from perpetrators of domestic violence, toughened drunken driving laws and broadened veterans' benefits.
He had planned to retire from the Senate because of health problems.
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