Senator Frank Lautenberg Announces Retirement

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, who chairs the Senate Commerce panel in charge of highways, transit, rail and maritime issues, recently announced that he won’t run for re-election in 2014. Senator Lautenberg has been a champion for MADD and our mission to end drunk driving and underage drinking for three decades, and has been instrumental in getting key legislation passed—saving tens of thousands of lives.

“Twenty thousand lives have been saved over 21 years. I am so proud to have helped make this country a better place for our children and their children.”

– Senator Frank Lautenberg, 2005

Senator Lautenberg was an author and driving force behind both the 21 minimum drinking age law in 1984 and setting the .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) standard for the entire country throughout the 90s, eventually getting that standard passed in 2000.  He supported the 2006 STOP Act to help prevent underage drinking, and has continued to support reauthorizing that funding ever since.  Recently, he was a champion for the federal highway bill, MAP-21, and its safety provisions, which include giving incentive grants to states that require interlocks for all offenders, and funding research into DADSS technology.

We are incredibly thankful for his support of MADD’s issues and all of his lifesaving work over the past 30 years. We wish him much happiness in retirement.