Howard M. Metzenbaum, 90 Ex-U.S. senator from Ohio
Former Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum, an Ohio Democrat who was a self-made millionaire before he began a long career fighting big business in the Senate, died last night.
Metzenbaum died at his home near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said Joel Johnson, his former chief of staff. No cause was given.
During 18 years on Capitol Hill, from 1977 to 1995, Metzenbaum came to be known as "Senator No" and "Headline Howard" for his abilities to block legislation and get publicity for himself.
He was a cantankerous firebrand who didn't need a microphone to hold a full auditorium spellbound while dropping rhetorical bombs on big oil companies, the insurance industry, savings and loans and the National Rifle Association, to name a few targets.
The liberal former labor lawyer and union lobbyist considered himself a champion of workers and was a driving force behind the law requiring 60-day notice of plant closings.