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Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) June 3 passed away at the age of 89 after experiencing complications from viral pneumonia. Sen. Lautenberg’s office released a statement lauding him as “one of the most productive senators in the history of the country.” His career highlights include passing the law which banned smoking on airplanes, promoting stricter drunk driving laws, and authoring the “Toxic Right to Know” legislation. Sen. Lautenberg served on the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) June 6 appointed New Jersey State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to temporarily fill the vacant Senate seat. A special election to fill the seat for the remainder of Sen. Lautenberg’s term will be held in October.

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Jason Kleinman
Sr. Legislative Analyst, Govt. Relations
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