U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement Monday on the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.
"Annie and I are saddened by the passing of our friend, Frank Lautenberg. Frank was not only a determined and accomplished lawmaker, but a remarkable man. I've known him in a number of capacities over the years -- in our first meeting in Cape Town in 1987, later when he was an "I Have a Dream' program sponsor in New Jersey, and ultimately here as a colleague in Senate. The combination of his personal history, his service to the country, his leadership in business, and his tireless advocacy for the concerns of New Jersey made him a senator whom I really respected.
"Frank was a tremendous and fun person to serve with. One night early on in my time in the Senate, we were here very late voting and Frank graciously invited me to dinner. It was the first time I got to see not "Senator Lautenberg,' but "Frank,' just hanging out, telling stories and jokes, and being an engaging, positive and just inspiring person. He will certainly be missed.
"My heart goes out to his wife, Bonnie, and his kids, Ellen, Nan, Lisa, and Joshua."