June 3, 2013
Monday
Jun 03
2013

Statement by President and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg

New York, NY
Statement

Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn of Senator Lautenberg's passing.

New Jersey has lost a favorite son, the country has lost a great legislator, and we have lost a dear friend and cherished colleague.

Throughout his five terms in the Senate, Frank’s vision of a government that served all of its citizens, particularly its youngest, its poorest, and its veterans, never wavered. He fought just as hard for public education and healthcare as he did to preserve Social Security and Medicare, so that the dreams and opportunities of young Americans could not only grow but last an entire lifetime.

Frank was the last WW II veteran in the Senate, and his ardent support of peace and security—within our borders, in Israel, and around the world—has helped build a safer future for generations to come.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bonnie, his children, and his entire family.