“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.