US Sen. Daniel Inouye Replacement

December 21, 2012 by  

US Sen. Daniel Inouye Replacement, The most senior US senator, Democrat Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, has died of respiratory problems at the age of 88.

Inouye had served in Congress since 1959, when Hawaii became a state, and had been a senator since 1963.

He also received the Medal of Honor, the US’ highest military honour, losing an arm but destroying a Nazi bunker during a battle in Italy.

He was the first Japanese-American in Congress and most recently chaired the powerful appropriations committee.

According to a statement from his office, Inouye’s last words were “Aloha”.

In a statement, President Barack Obama said “our country has lost a true American hero”.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Inouye’s death on the Senate floor on Monday. The Hawaiian senator was president pro-tempore of the Senate, third in the line presidential succession.

“His service to the Senate will be with the greats of this body,” Sen Reid said.

“He had every reason to call attention to himself, but never did,” Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said.

“He was the kind of man, in short, that America has always been grateful to have, especially in her darkest hours: Men who lead by example and expect nothing in return.”

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie will appoint Inouye’s replacement. The seat is up for re-election in 2016.

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