Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii Dies at Age 88 After 50-year Senate Career

Sen. Daniel Inouye has died. The influential Democrat from Hawaii broke racial barriers on Capitol Hill and played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals.

Tools

by Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Sen. Daniel Inouye has died.

The influential Democrat from Hawaii broke racial barriers on Capitol Hill and played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals. He had served in the senate for 50 years and was third in the line presidential succession as president pro tempore of the Senate.

Inouye was a World War II hero and Medal of Honor winner who lost an arm to a German hand grenade during a battle in Italy. He became the first Japanese-American to serve in Congress, when he was elected to the House in 1959, the year Hawaii became a state. He won election to the Senate three years later and served there longer than anyone in American history except Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who died in 2010 after 51 years in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Inouye's death on the Senate floor. His office says he died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital. He was 88.

You have indicated this comment should be removed.

Close

The comment has been submitted for review. Thank you .

Irving Schwartzgard said on Thursday, Dec 20 at 7:33 AM

One of the VERY few members of Congress that I respect. Farewell, oh good and faithful servant.

Add a comment

Name:

Comment: 1000 Characters Left

Coastal Television | AK News, Weather and Sports | and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Most Popular