Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye Passes Away

Senator Daniel Inouye

Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye died Monday at age 88. His office said he died of respiratory complications. The Democrat was a World War Two hero who became the first Japanese American to serve in Congress. He served 49 years, second only to the late Robert Byrd at 51 years.

During his tenure in the Senate, he was a close friend of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, an important supporter of Alaska issues and a champion of indigenous rights.

Senator Lisa Murkowski says Inouye dedicated almost his entire life to public service from his military work–to the senate. She says his loss is heartbreaking.

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