Both New Jersey senators celebrated the "tenacious" service of former Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died a year ago Tuesday after serving in Congress for more than 30 years.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who now occupies Lautenberg's seat, called the former lawmaker a "brave veteran and tremendous public servant."
Lautenberg — the oldest member of the Senate at the time of his death — died at the age of 89 from viral pneumonia. He was the last World War II veteran serving in the upper chamber and held the record for most votes from a New Jersey senator.
Interim Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R-N.J.) was temporarily appointed to fill Lautenberg's seat after his death. Booker eventually took over after winning last October's special election to fill the seat.
Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezSenate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Senate close to voting on Mexico ambassador MORE (D-N.J.) who served along side Lautenberg said he strives to pursue many of the causes Lautenberg supported.
"A year ago today, New Jersey and our nation lost a tenacious public servant," he said in a statement. "Our image of what it means to live, learn, earn, and then give something back will forever be reflected in the name Frank Lautenberg."