WASHINGTON -- Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, a liberal Democrat who wrote some of the nation's most sweeping health and safety laws, died early Monday, his office announced.
Lautenberg's office said he died from complications stemming from viral pneumonia at 4:02 a.m. ET at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell.
Lautenberg, who battled stomach cancer and various ailments in recent years, had already announced that he would retire in January 2015 at the end of his fifth term. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, will appoint a replacement.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Long-time U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey Dies
In breaking news, Senator Frank Lautenberg has died. USA Today reports: