Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has announced he will not seek re-election next
year. Lautenberg has served five 6-year terms in the US Senate and at
the age of 89 is the oldest member in the Senate.
has been a thorn in the side of motorcyclists for decades. He has been
the chief champion of mandatory helmet laws serving in government today.
2005 he introduced an amendment that would have put mandatory helmet
law in place for the entire country, trampling on the States rights. Due
solely to the work of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and its members
that amendment was defeated 68-29.
said; 'While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work
to do before the end of this term, and I'm going to keep fighting as
hard as ever for the people of New Jersey in the US Senate'.
is not the end of anything, but rather the beginning of a two-year
mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic
chemicals and create more opportunities for working families in New
are much like the end of March in the Midwest, as the old saying goes,
'it can go out like a lamb or out like a lion'. Many politicians spend
there final days helping staff find new jobs, raising money to pay down
any campaign debt they may have or simply just walk away. Others use
there time to fight any last political fights or take on controversial
issues that may have otherwise cost them tremendous political capital.
motorcycle helmet laws are not on his laundry list we would be naive to
not remain vigilant with Lautenberg to insure that the freedoms of the
American motorcyclists are kept in place,' said Jeff Hennie, Vice
President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Motorcycle