Frank Lautenberg

Frank R. Lautenberg: Oldest U.S. Senator, Last World War II Vet

Posted on 06/3/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyFrank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died on June 3 at age 89 in New York City, was the oldest sitting member of the Senate by a decade — California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who turns 80 in a few weeks, now takes his place — and the last remaining veteran of World War II. (Here’s a Wikipedia list of U.S. Senators by age). But that’s not the half of it. Lautenberg, the son of a silk-mill laborer, served in the U.S. Army Signal …

Even Without Carl Levin, There’ll Be Plenty of Gray Hair in the Senate

Posted on 03/11/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsEven the exit of a crop of senators born before World War II doesn’t seem to be having much effect on the average age in the U.S. Senate, the Washington Post reports. That’s because the freshmen arriving in recent years haven’t exactly been dewy-faced youngsters. (Example: 68-year-old Angus King, a Maine independent.) Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, 78, last week became the fourth senator age 70 and older to announce he’ll retire instead of running for reelection next year. The other …