He is the last member of the United States Senate who served in World War II. He is announcing his retirement today. He's been pro-choice, supports gun control, has introduced many bills increasing penalties for carjacking and car theft. He has been heavily involved in various anti-smoking and airline safety legislation. He also has co-sponsored legislation to increase drunk driving penalties. He is probably best known as the author of the legislation that banned smoking from most commercial airline flights. He also is known for authoring the Ryan White Care Act, which provides services to AIDS patients. Upon his return to the Senate, Lautenberg was the first U.S. senator to introduce legislation calling for homeland security funds to be distributed solely on the basis of risk and vulnerability.
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