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Announcing Hillel’s 2013 Renaissance Award Honoree: Frank R. Lautenberg

by Hillel News |Mar 22, 2013|Comments

Senator Lautenberg. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg
Born of poor, immigrant parents, Frank R. Lautenberg truly lived the American dream, flourishing both in business and politics. After serving his country in the Army Signal Corps in Europe during WWII, he studied economics at Columbia University on the G.I. Bill. With this solid education, he joined the late Henry Taub  and his brother Joe in the very early stages of the founding of America's first payroll services company, Automatic Data Processing, and together they built one of the most successful companies in the world.
 
After achieving success in business, he sought to serve his country again, this time through politics. Now in his fifth term in the United State Senate, Senator Lautenberg’s long list of accomplishments includes: authoring a law allowing persecuted Soviet Jews and other religious minorities to come to the U.S.; blocking aid to nations that support terrorism; writing the law that prohibited gun sales to domestic abusers; and strengthening our nation’s drunk driving laws. One of his foremost accomplishments was writing the law that banned smoking on airplanes, which made people aware of the dangers of second hand smoke and started the smoke free revolution. He also wrote the law that banned smoking in all federally funded buildings that serve children. The Senator has long been a leader on protecting the environment and improving transportation. He also works tirelessly to improve access to health insurance, support military families, strengthen Amtrak, reverse global warming, and make college more affordable.

Senator Lautenberg currently serves as Chairman of two Senate subcommittees: the Financial Services subcommittee of Appropriations and the Surface Transportation subcommittee of Commerce.

Senator Lautenberg resides in Cliffside Park, NJ. He and his wife, Bonnie, have six children and 13 grandchildren.


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