Contact: Eben Burnham-Snyder, Rep. Ed Markey, 202-225-2836

MEDFORD, MA (June 3, 2013) -- Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) passed away early this morning at the age of 89. Senator Lautenberg was dedicated to public service, working families, and to improving our nation’s gun laws and public health.

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass) issued the following statement:

“Senator Lautenberg was fierce, fearless, and passionate, and he will be missed. New Jersey and America are healthier, safer, and fairer because of the work of Senator Lautenberg. My wife Susan and I send our sympathies to his family. The people of New Jersey have lost a great champion.

“Frank Lautenberg took on the special interests, from gun control to the tobacco industry to tax fairness. As the last WWII veteran to serve in the Senate, his service to this country reflected the values and commitment to public service that embodied America’s Greatest Generation, and his legacy will continue for generations to come.”

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