HNBA Saddened By Passing Of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 14:01

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is saddened by the passing of United States Senator Frank Lautenberg from New Jersey.  Senator Lautenberg fought to improve the safety of his state’s citizens through legislation that brought an end to smoking on airline flights, raised the legal drinking age to 21, and the Toxic Right to Know law.  He was also a champion for diversity on the federal bench, particularly in New Jersey where he supported the nomination of Hispanics to the district court. “Senator Lautenberg was a dedicated public servant who undisputedly helped improve the quality of life for countless Americans with groundbreaking legislation” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA national president.  “He had the respect of both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, as well as the respect of the HNBA. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lautenberg family during this most difficult time.”