Washington, DC –U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg:

"Frank Lautenberg lived a life of service dedicated to his nation and the state of New Jersey. The last veteran of World War II serving in the Senate, Senator Lautenberg fought to increase benefits for veterans and ensure we treat our men and women in uniform with the respect and honor they deserve. He was also a powerful voice for families, leading the charge to help reduce drunk driving and keep people safe from second-hand smoke, and I was fortunate to work with him on efforts to keep dangerous chemicals out of household products. With Senator Lautenberg’s passing, the Senate has lost a strong leader and wise friend, and he will be missed by his colleagues and country."