New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the last WWII veteran serving in the United States Senate, died Monday at the age of 89. Love him or hate him for his politics, Senator Lautenberg served his country honorably in WWII and marks the end of an era in the United States Senate and in public elected service in general. Today, there are only two other WWII veterans serving in the House of Representatives.
Mr. Lautenberg was known as a liberal icon in the Senate and played a leading role in banning smoking on airplanes, authoring the new GI bill and writing the nation’s drunk driving laws — in particular the .08 blood alcohol standard and the 21 year old drinking age limit.
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