Nation's oldest senator sidelined by leg pain

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 89, the oldest member of the U.S. Senate, stands with wife Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Paterson, N.J., as he is introduced to a gathering where he announced plans to retire at the end of his current term. . Lautenberg, 89, confirmed he would step down when his term ends in 2015 rather than seek re-election at age 90. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

March 11, 2013 3:24:28 AM PDT
Leg pain caused the nation's oldest senator to miss several votes last week.

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey missed voting on the confirmation of John Brennan to become head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Lautenberg spokesman Caley Gray told The Record newspaper the 89-year-old Democrat had pain in his legs and was getting them checked out.

Lautenberg was sick with the flu in late December and early January. He missed several votes related to a $60 billion relief package for Superstorm Sandy.

Lautenberg announced last month he would retire next year and not seek re-election.