WASHINGTON (2/15/13)--Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who at 89 is the Senate's oldest member, announced Thursday that he has decided not to run for re-election next year, it was widely reported.
Lautenberg, a World War II veteran, is expected to make his formal announcement in Paterson, his New Jersey hometown.
Lautenberg first served in the Senate for 19 years from 1982 to 2001. He retired briefly but was re-elected when he decided to run again in 2003.
He will retire when his current term ends in January 2015.