Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., died Monday morning at the age of 89, his office confirmed to Roll Call.
After struggling for months with his health, Lautenberg — the last World War II veteran in the Senate — died of viral pneumonia. He served from 1982 to 2001, and then again from 2003 to the time of his death. The news of his passing was first reported by the Bergen Record.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, will have the authority to fill the vacancy left by the Democrat, who had planned on retiring after this term.