Frank Lautenberg, Senate’s Last WWII Vet, Dies at 89

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat who was the U.S. Senate’s last surviving World War II veteran, died Monday of viral pneumonia, his office announced.


Official portrait of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Lautenberg, 89, missed key Senate votes late last year during a weeks-long absence because of a cold that turned into what he called a “severe case of bronchitis with fluid in the chest.”

He announced in a statement in February that he would not seek re-election next year, but he continued to push for stronger gun control laws in his final months in the Senate.

After last month’s Boston Marathon bombings, Lautenberg announced plans to reintroduce legislation to require background checks for sales of explosive powder.

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