Who is Frank Lautenberg.
Born to Polish and Russian immigrant parents on January 23, 1924 in the northern New Jersey town of Patterson, senator Frank Lautenberg has been making changes to the New Jersey landscape for many years. With a hard working father who worked many jobs including the silk mills of Patterson, the young man took his fathers example and worked and continues to work hard for the people. After graduating from highschool the young Frank Lautenberg joined the United States Army Signal Corps in World War II. Using the GI bill to finance his college education, Frank Lautenberg attended and graduated the Coloumbia School of Business with a degree in Economics in 1949.
Using his military background, hard working nature, and his economics degree Lautenberg along with a group of friends founded the nations first payroll service company, Automatic Data Processing (ADP), one of the worlds largest computing companies. In 1978 he served as the Executive Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for four years till 1982.
In 1982 Lautenberg was successful in making his move into politics, he was elected into the United States Senate as part of the Democratic Party. Senator Lautenberg served the Senate from 1982 till 2000 where he announced his retirement from the senate and was succeeded by Jon Corzine. In 2002 he rejoined the Senate to replace Senator Torricelli and was once again reelected to the Senate in 2008.
In his first three terms as Senator, Lautenberg, served the people of his state successfully. He had helped in banning smoking on airplanes, which was a huge problem in the 1960s and 1970s. He is also responsible for raising the drinking age to 21 which served to drastically reduce the amount of drunk driving accidents and incidents linked to under aged alcoholism. Another great feat of the senator was keeping firearms out of the hands of convicted felons and balancing the federal budget that helped in the stopping the financing of hostile nations that support terrorism. The Senator in the recent years has helped in many environmental issues such as protecting the ocean and the taking supporting the global warming issues. For students he has worked hard to make higher education affordable and updating the GI Bill for those who served the country. On Wednesday April 11th, the man behind many of the important policies for a better American society will be present in an interview style session held at Rider University by the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics.