WASHINGTON (6/4/13)--Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has died at age 89.
Lautenberg, a World War II veteran, first served in the Senate for 19 years from 1982 to 2001. He retired briefly but was re-elected when he decided to run again in 2003.
Earlier this year, Lautenberg, who was the Senate's oldest member, announced plans to retire in January 2015.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R ) will appoint Lautenberg's immediate successor. Christie on Monday praised the senator for leading "a life well lived."