Monday, December 17, 2012

In Memoriam: Senator Daniel Inouye

Word came today that one of my favorite Senators, Daniel Inouye, had passed away at 88.

Senator Inouye fought all his life.  As a child of Japanese immigrants, Inouye fought racism when young.  On the battlefield, he fought bravely as an Asian-American soldier for the United States.  An eyewitness to the Pearl Harbor Attack in 1941, he lost an arm in battle during World War II.  In the Senate, Inouye fought for the voiceless.  He was one of the earliest advocates for the LGBT community, and he stood up for those that couldn't stand up for themselves.

Senator Daniel Inouye
President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate
Inouye famously served on the Watergate Committee as well as chairing the Iran-Contra Committee.  He LITERALLY served in Congress the entire time that Hawaii has been a state.  In 1959, he was elected to Congress as a House member, and he moved to the Senate in 1963.

I can't do justice to the Senator's long career and long life here in just a few words, but the Senator definitely made a huge impact on his state and his country, and he will leave big shoes to fill in the Aloha State.  Reportedly, Senator Inouye's final word was, "Aloha."  A fitting word for a man who represented Hawaii with distinction for so many years.

Another lion of the Senate is gone as Senator Daniel Inouye leaves this Earth after 88 remarkable years.  My deepest condolences to his wife and his family and friends as well as to the entire state of Hawaii.

1 comment:

Chuck Lasker said...

Thank you for the awesome post. I live in Hawaii and had the opportunity to meet Senator Inouye just this summer. He was 100% about service to others - a true hero - and it's great to see how far his reach has been.