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We -- -- US senator Frank Lautenberg died early this morning the 89 year old was serving his fifth term.
For the state of New Jersey he was the last World War II veteran.
To serve in the senate -- -- -- joins us now with a look at his life.
He was the son of Russian and polish immigrants who came to America early last century to build a better life.
I call up the amount -- for -- to me courage.
The future US senator frank Raleigh Lautenberg was born in Paterson, New Jersey January 23 1924.
After high school Lautenberg served in the US army during World War II.
With the help of the GI bill he enrolled at Columbia University earning an economics degree in 1949.
After college Lautenberg started the country's first payroll services company automatic data processing.
It became a multi million dollar enterprise.
He married his first wife Lois in 1956.
And they had four children.
And everybody -- a new -- senate seat opened up in 1982.
Lautenberg decided to throw his hat in the political ring despite running against a heavily favored Republican.
-- -- Frank Lautenberg spend the next eighteen years in the US senate pushing through legislation that included supporting gun control.
And limiting tobacco use Lautenberg and his wife divorced after 31 years of marriage and in 2000.
The senator decided not to run for reelection.
But just two years after he left the senate New Jersey Democrats were in a bottle senator Lombard.
Has graciously accepted.
-- candidate Robert Torricelli had quit the race amidst an ethics scandal.
I think -- doesn't matter at age 78.
Frank Lautenberg took his place on the ballot.
And one securing a fourth term in 2000.
-- -- 02 years later senator Lautenberg married his longtime companion -- angle Bart.
At 84 the senator won a fifth term.
While serving he was diagnosed.
And treated for stomach cancer.
Born to immigrants this first generations since have built a successful business.
And served in one of the highest political office is for nearly three decades.
This politician husband father and grandfather.
Certainly lived in American dream.
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