“Frank Lautenberg lived the American dream and then spent over thirty years of his life fighting to ensure that those who came behind him could do so as well. As the son of poor immigrants who fought for his country in World War II, Frank went on to found a successful business before coming to Congress to fight for those without a voice.

“From his work to prevent gun violence, to ending smoking on planes, to his commitment to protect families from dangerous chemicals, Frank Lautenberg was a champion for the underserved and underrepresented.

“Frank was a passionate public servant who was not afraid to fight and vote for what he believed in. He loved the Senate. He retired once but service called him back, and until the very end of his life, Frank made the trip from New Jersey to D.C. to fight for the issues he believed in and the people he represented. He gave everything he had to public service. He will be missed by me and by all those who served with him. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones today.”