Senator Lautenberg, who has figured so prominently in this blog for the past week, died this morning. He was 89. A five-term senator from New Jersey, he came to public service after a career in business, at the end of which he began donating to like-minded politicians. Lautenberg concluded “if I’m willing to support them, why shouldn’t I support myself?”
Lucky for us. I’ve only known of Lautenberg’s work on rehabbing TSCA. Today’s NYT illustrates his overall vision of public health advocacy: tying federal highway funds to a higher, uniform 21-year-old drinking age and blood-alcohol level; banning smoking on commerical airlines, inside federal buildings, and any entity serving children that receives federal funds; and prohibiting people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns. More here.