Lautenberg’s younger pal ponders mortality

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), at a hearing on Superstorm Sandy in December. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

“Sorry you lost your colleague, Senator Lautenburg,” a woman in the lounge said to him.

“Yes,” he said, reflecting for a moment. “Guess we were a couple of dinosaurs.”

“But I am a spring chicken compared to him,” Rangel noted. “I am only 83 — he was 89!”

Lautenberg’s death leaves Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) as the oldest member of the Senate, though she’s only 79.

Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) is the oldest House member. He just turned 90 in May.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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