Here are seven things to know about Sen.Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who died Monday morning at the age of 89.
1) Lautenberg wrote the laws banning smoking on domestic airline flights and setting the national minimum drinking age of 21.
2) Democrats recruited Lautenberg out of retirement in September 2002 as an 11th-hour replacement for Robert Torricelli, Lautenberg’s longtime rival, who had abandoned his re-election bid just five weeks before Election Day.
3) Lautenberg served on the boards of three companies, two graduate schools and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
4) The oldest member of the Senate at the time of his death, Lautenberg was the first person from New Jersey ever elected to five U.S. Senate terms.
5) After serving in World War II, Lautenberg went on to a successful career in business and co-founded the payroll services firm Automatic Data Processing.
6) Lautenberg won his first race for the U.S. Senate in 1982 by defeating the heavily favored moderate GOP Rep. Millicent Fenwick.
7) After winning re-election in 2008 at the age of 84, Lautenberg said “People don’t give a darn about my age. They know I’m vigorous. They know I’ve got plenty of energy.”