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Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) presides over a hering on 'Superstorm Sandy: The Devastating Impact on the Nation's Largest Transportation Systems.' December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. ( Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senator Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat from New Jersey, died this morning at age 89 from complications from viral pneumonia. Lautenberg is survived by his wife, six children, and 13 grandchildren.

Lautenberg, who was the last member of the senate to serve in World War II, was also the longest-serving senator in the state’s history. First elected in 1982, he had announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.

According to the Washington Post:

Lautenberg’s death means the seat will be filled temporarily by an appointee selected by Republican Gov. Chris Christie. And in addition to holding an election for a full term in 2014, there also will be a special election later this year.

Lautenberg is perhaps best known to Jewish Americans for the 1990 Lautenberg Amendment, which made immigration to the United States easier for Soviet Jews.

US Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89 [NorthJersey.com]





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