PATERSON, N.J.— After 28 years of standing up for New Jersey families through a strong record of legislative accomplishment, progressive leadership, and dedicated public service in the United States Senate, Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today officially announced that he will not seek a sixth term.
“Today I am announcing the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals, and to ensure that working families are not left behind. While I will not stand for re-election in 2014, I will continue working for the next two years to build a better New Jersey and a better America for our children and grandchildren,” said Lautenberg. “When I first ran for the Senate, my pledge was to always put the people of New Jersey first. Putting New Jersey first is the principle that has guided my every action—from building up our transportation network to making our environment healthier and our communities safer and more secure. I will continue to be guided by this principle and will keep working with President Obama and my colleagues in Congress for Garden State families.”
Senator Lautenberg’s agenda for the 113th Congress includes:
· Passing gun safety legislation to ban high-capacity magazines, close the gun show loophole and prevent known and suspected terrorists from buying guns;
· Reforming America’s broken chemical laws and protecting children by passing the Safe Chemicals Act;
· Modernizing infrastructure to create jobs, boost the economy, reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality;
· Helping the state of New Jersey, communities, families and businesses utilize federal resources to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy; and
· Chairing the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee to ensure that Main Street - not just Wall Street-prospers.
Sen. Lautenberg was born the son of immigrants and grew up poor in Paterson. He enlisted in the military at the age of 18 and served in the Army in Europe during World War II. Upon returning home, he graduated from Columbia University with the help of the G.I. Bill. He joined with two boyhood friends to found Automatic Data Processing (ADP), which today employees 57,000 people worldwide and 4,500 in New Jersey. He left the business world to pursue a career in public service and give back to the country that helped give him so much.
Lautenberg ran for an open Senate seat in 1982 and, overcoming the odds, defeated an establishment candidate and was sworn in to serve the first term of what would become a historic five-term Senate career. Today, he is the last World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Senate and holds the record for the number of votes cast by a New Jersey Senator. After Senator Lautenberg cast his 9,000th vote in December 2011, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proclaimed on the Senate floor, “Frank Lautenberg has been one of the most productive senators in the history of this country.”
Senator Lautenberg's legislative accomplishments include:
• Creating the domestic violence gun ban that has denied guns to domestic abusers more than 200,000 times;
• Writing the law to ban smoking on airplanes and igniting the smoke-free revolution;
• Raising the legal drinking age across the country to 21 years old and establishing a .08 blood alcohol level as the minimum threshold for drunk driving;
• Funding major New Jersey transit projects and helping draft legislation that increased federal transit spending in New Jersey by 50 percent and highway spending by 30 percent;
• Writing the groundbreaking law that revitalized Amtrak and put it on firm footing for the 21st Century;
• Authoring the "Toxic Right to Know" law to empower the public to know what chemicals are being released into their neighborhood; and
• Writing the law to create the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.
A more detailed record of Senator Lautenberg's accomplishments can be found here.