The five-term New Jersey Democrat and reliably liberal voter who campaigned to toughen anti-smoking laws and environmental regulations died June 3 at a hospital in New York. He was 89. He had complications from viral pneumonia, according to a statement issued by his office, and had previously suffered from cancer.
May 9, 2000Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, seen here nearing the end of his term, initially retired from the Senate in 2000, after three terms, but immediately expressed regret after leaving office. He returned to the Senate two years later as a 78-year-old freshman lawmaker.Charles Rex Arbogast/AP