U.S. Senate (D-NJ)
"Iranian-Americans, in my home state of New Jersey and across the country, are leaders in their communities and in their professions. I am grateful for IAPAC's endorsement and I will continue my fight on behalf of the American Dream and the preservation of our civil rights and liberties."
Frank Lautenberg is New Jersey’s senior senator. He was elected in 1982, 1988 and 1994 and retired in 2000, then returned to run again in October 2002 after Bob Torricelli withdrew from the race. Lautenberg’s duties include membership on four Senate committees: Appropriations, Budget, Commerce, Science & Transportation; and Environment & Public Works. Lautenberg helped write the Family Medical Leave Act, is a leader in the fight for stem cell research, and is working to invest billions in cutting edge research to find cures for diseases.
Lautenberg is a proponent of civil liberties and immigration reform. He is a cosponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act, which would prohibit racial profiling in law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels. He has voted in favor of preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees and placing civil liberty protections on the government’s electronic surveillance programs.
In 2006, Lautenberg voted in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. The legislation would expedite the reunification of families currently awaiting visas and increases employment-based sponsorships, measures that would positively impact some of the immigration related concerns of the Iranian American community.
First Elected: First elected in 1982-00; re-elected 2002.
Committees: Appropriations; Budget; Commerce, Science & Transportation; Environment & Public Works
Prev. Occupation: Businessman
Prev. Political Exp.: US Senate, 1982-2000
Education: BS Columbia University, 1949