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}}{{tnr}}'''Frank Raleigh Lautenberg''' (b. January 23, 1924 - June 3, 2013) was a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate]] from the state of [[New Jersey]]. Lautenberg passed away on June 3, 2013, while serving what he had already announced would be his final term in the Senate.<ref name=death>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/03/frank-lautenberg-dead-dies_n_3377916.html ''Huffington Post'', "Frank Lautenberg Dead: New Jersey Senator Dies At 89," June 3, 2013]</ref>  His seat will be filled with a temporary replacement appointed by Governor [[Chris Christie]] and a [[United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013|special election]] will be held October 16, 2013.<ref name=post>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/06/03/frank-lautenberg-dead-at-89/ ''Washington Post'' "Sen. Frank Lautenberg dead at 89" Accessed June 3, 2013]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Frank Raleigh Lautenberg''' (b. January 23, 1924 - June 3, 2013) was a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate]] from the state of [[New Jersey]]. Lautenberg passed away on June 3, 2013, while serving what he had already announced would be his final term in the Senate.<ref name=death>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/03/frank-lautenberg-dead-dies_n_3377916.html ''Huffington Post'', "Frank Lautenberg Dead: New Jersey Senator Dies At 89," June 3, 2013]</ref>  His seat will be filled with a temporary replacement appointed by Governor [[Chris Christie]] and a [[United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013|special election]] that was held on October 16, 2013.<ref name=post>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/06/03/frank-lautenberg-dead-at-89/ ''Washington Post'' "Sen. Frank Lautenberg dead at 89" Accessed June 3, 2013]</ref>
  
 
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Lautenberg was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democratic leader]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=300064 ''Gov Track'' "Frank Lautenberg," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
 
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Lautenberg was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democratic leader]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=300064 ''Gov Track'' "Frank Lautenberg," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>

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Frank Lautenberg
Frank Lautenberg.jpg
U.S. Senate, New Jersey
Former Senator
In office
2003-June 3, 2013, 1982-2001
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRobert G. Torricelli (D)
DiedJune 3, 2013
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 2, 1982
Campaign $$12,306,044
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
1978–1982
Education
Bachelor'sColumbia University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Signal Corps
Years of service1942-1946
Personal
BirthdayPaterson, New Jersey
Place of birthJanuary 23, 1924
ProfessionBusiness Executive
Net worth$87,557,109
ReligionJudaism
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Frank Raleigh Lautenberg (b. January 23, 1924 - June 3, 2013) was a Democratic member of the United States Senate from the state of New Jersey. Lautenberg passed away on June 3, 2013, while serving what he had already announced would be his final term in the Senate.[1] His seat will be filled with a temporary replacement appointed by Governor Chris Christie and a special election that was held on October 16, 2013.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lautenberg was a "far-left Democratic leader".[3]

Lautenberg had been struggling with health issues in early 2013 before his final battle with viral pneumonia. Lautenberg had made the decision on February 14, 2013 that he would not seek re-election in 2014 and would retire. When asked about the reasons for his retirement he said, "I am not announcing the end of anything. I am announcing the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey."[4]

Biography

Lautenberg was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He attended Nutley High School and served in the United States Army Signal Corps in World War II. Financed by the GI Bill, he attended and graduated from Columbia Business School in 1949 with a degree in economics.[5] At the time of his death, he was the last remaining World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Senate.[2]

Career

He was the first salesman at successful Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) and eventually became its chairman and CEO.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Lautenberg served on the following Senate committees until his death [6]:

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Members
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
  • Committee on Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight

2011-2012

Lautenberg served on the following committees:[7]

  • 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 (Vice Chairman)
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security (Chairman)

Issues

Fiscal Cliff

Neutral/Abstain Lautenberg did not cast a vote regarding the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in New Jersey, 2014

On February 14, 2013, Lautenberg announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014 and would retire. When asked about the reasons for his retirement he said, "I am not announcing the end of anything. I am announcing the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey."[9] On June 3, 2013, just months after this announcement, Lautenberg passed away from viral pneumonia.[1]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lautenberg is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Lautenberg raised a total of $12,306,044 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[15]

Frank Lautenberg's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (New Jersey) Won $9,192,874
2002 U.S. Senate (New Jersey) Won $3,113,170
Grand Total Raised $12,306,044

2008

Breakdown of the source of Lautenberg's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Lautenberg was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. His campaign committee raised a total of $9,192,874 and spent $8,777,282.[16]


Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Lautenberg missed 322 of 9,563 roll call votes from February 1983 to April 2013. This amounts to 3.4%, which was worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[17]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lautenberg paid his congressional staff a total of $3,053,743 in 2011. He ranked 9th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 11th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 7th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lautenberg's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $57,699,193 to $117,415,025. That averages to $87,557,109, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 2.32% from 2010.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lautenberg's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $55,073,211 and $116,071,021. That averages to $85,572,116, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[20]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lautenberg ranked 6th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lautenberg ranked 14th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[22]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Frank Lautenberg has voted with the Democratic Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 27th among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[23]

Recent news

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Personal

From his first marriage to Lois Lautenberg, which ended in divorce, Lautenberg had four children: Ellen, Nan, Lisa, and Joshua. In 2001, he married his companion of nearly 16 years, Bonnie S. Englebardt.

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Huffington Post, "Frank Lautenberg Dead: New Jersey Senator Dies At 89," June 3, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Washington Post "Sen. Frank Lautenberg dead at 89" Accessed June 3, 2013
  3. Gov Track "Frank Lautenberg," Accessed March 3, 2012
  4. NJ.com "Frank Lautenberg will not seek re-election next year," February 14, 2013
  5. Frank R. Lautenberg, United States Senator for New Jersey "Senator Lautenberg's Biography"
  6. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  7. Frank R. Lautenberg, United States Senator for New Jersey "Senator Lautenberg's Committees"
  8. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. NJ.com "Frank Lautenberg will not seek re-election next year," February 14, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Donor history for Frank Lautenberg" Accessed April 25, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Frank Lautenberg 2008 Election Data," Accessed October 28, 2011
  17. GovTrack, "Lautenberg," Accessed April 11, 2013
  18. LegiStorm "Frank Lautenberg"
  19. OpenSecrets.org "Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Lautenberg, (D-NJ), 2010"
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Torricelli
United States Senate - New Jersey
2003–2013
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Nicholas F. Brady
United States Senate - New Jersey
1982–2001
Succeeded by
Jon Corzine
Preceded by
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Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
1978–1982
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