New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg’s son running for Scanlan’s state House seat

Josh Lautenberg, a Vail realtor and the son of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., is in the running to replace state Rep. Christine Scanlan, D-Dillon, who is stepping down to take a senior leadership position on governor-elect John Hickenlooper’s staff.

Josh Lautenberg, a co-owner of Vail’s Sonnenalp Real Estate and a part-time Vail ski instructor, said he got a taste for politics at an early age. Frank Lautenberg, at age 86, is the oldest serving U.S. Senator.

“He started when I was 13, so I got the bug for politics and have worked on all of his campaigns,” Josh Lautenberg, 42, told the Summit Daily News. “I’ve always been interested in following in his footsteps.”

Scanlan, named Hickenlooper’s Director of Legislative Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, said the Denver mayor called her “out of the blue” with an offer she couldn’t refuse despite just winning the House District 56 seat Nov. 2. A Democratic vacancy committee will pick her replacement.

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