In response to the passing of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, the longest serving New Jersey senator, People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan released the following statement:
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid once called  Sen. Lautenberg ‘one of the most productive senators in the history of this country.’ It’s not hard to see why. Sen. Lautenberg was a true progressive hero, championing issues ranging from environmental protection to gun violence prevention. He was not afraid to take principled stands on issues that affected everyday Americans, even when it was the unpopular position to take.
“We at People For the American Way are deeply saddened by his passing. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and we hope they can take comfort in knowing that America is a safer, healthier, more just country because of Senator Lautenberg’s life work.”