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OPA News Release: [06/03/2013]
Contact Name: Office of Public Affairs
Phone Number: (202) 693-4676

Release Number: 13-1116-NAT

Statement by acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris on the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg

WASHINGTON — Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris today issued the following statement on the death of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey:

"This morning, New Jersey and the nation lost a true statesman and a powerful progressive voice. Throughout nearly three decades in the United States Senate, Frank Lautenberg was an unrelenting champion for working people, social justice, environmental protection, public health and, most important, the people of his beloved New Jersey.

"Senator Lautenberg was a successful businessman who never forgot what it was like to grow up poor in Paterson. He was a proud World War II veteran who was dedicated to helping our returning heroes as the GI Bill had helped him. He was a self-made success who believed in the importance of giving back through public service. His leadership on anti-smoking efforts and transportation safety unquestionably saved lives.

"As a New Jerseyan, I will miss his leadership, his passion and his vigorous advocacy for our state's interests. I will also miss his friendship and support. Today, we mourn his death, but we should also be grateful for the enduring legacy he leaves behind."