Daniel Inouye

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Daniel Inouye
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U.S. Senate, Hawaii
Former Senator
In office
January 3, 1963-December 17, 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 6, 1962
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
Hawaii Territorial Senate
Hawaii Territorial House of Representatives
High schoolPresident William McKinley High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii-Manoa (1950)
J.D.George Washington University Law School (1953)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1943-1947
CitationsMedal of Honor, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, WWII Victory Medal (4)
Date of birthSeptember 7, 1924
Place of birthHonolulu, Hawaii
Office website
Campaign website
Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye (b. September 7, 1924) was a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Hawaii. Inouye was first elected to the Senate in 1962. He died on December 17, 2012 from a respiratory illness. A special election to fill his vacant seat will take place in November 2014. Brian Schatz was appointed to temporarily fill the seat.[1][2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Inouye was a "rank-and-file Democrat."[3]


Inouye was born on September 7, 1924, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of Kame (née Imanaga) and Hyotaro Inouye. He is a Nisei Japanese-American (an American-born child of Japanese immigrants) and grew up in the Bingham Tract, a Chinese-American enclave within the predominantly Japanese-American community of Mo'ili'ili in Honolulu. He graduated from Honolulu's President William McKinley High School.[4]

Inouye was at the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 as a medical volunteer.[5] In 1943, when the U.S. Army dropped its ban on Japanese-Americans, Inouye curtailed his premedical studies at the University of Hawaii and enlisted in the Army.[6] He was assigned to the Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which became the most-highly decorated unit in the history of the US Army.[7]

Due to the loss of his arm, Inouye abandoned his plans to become a surgeon, and returned to college to study political science under the GI Bill. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He earned his law degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. in 1953.[8]


Inouye had continuously represented Hawaii in the U.S. Congress since it achieved statehood in 1959, serving as Hawaii's first U.S. Representative and later a senator. Inouye was the first Japanese-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and later the first in the U.S. Senate. At age 87, Inouye was the second-oldest current senator, after 87 year old Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. He was also a recipient of the United States Medal of Honor.[9]

Inouye serving as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate made him the highest-ranking Asian American politician in American history.[10]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Inouye served on the following committees:


Political Positions

Following Senator Byrd's death on June 28, 2010, Inouye became the longest-serving living senator and President pro tempore of the United States Senate, making him third in the presidential line of succession. Sen. Byrd still holds the record for longest-serving senator of all time.[9]



On November 2, 2010, Inouye won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Cam Cavasso (R), Jim Brewer (G), Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan (L), and Jeff Jarrett (I) in the general election.[12]

U.S. Senate, Hawaii General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel K. Inoyue Incumbent 74.8% 277,228
     Republican Cam Cavasso 21.6% 79,939
     Green Jim Brewer 2.1% 7,762
     Libertarian Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan 0.8% 2,957
     Independent Jeff Jarrett 0.7% 2,697
Total Votes 370,583

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Inouye's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Inouye won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Inouye's campaign committee raised a total of $5,216,102 and spent $5,728,880.[13]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Inouye paid his congressional staff a total of $2,882,557 in 2011. He ranked 14th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 16th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Hawaii ranked 10th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[14]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Inouye's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,968,020 and $4,404,999. That averages to $3,186,509.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[15]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Inouye ranked 26th in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators.[16]

Voting with party

Daniel Inouye voted with the Democratic Party 95 of the time, which ranked 21 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[17]

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On May 24, 2008, Senator Inouye married Irene Hirano, who served as President of the U.S.-Japan Council. He was married for nearly 57 years to Margaret Awamura Inouye, a former instructor at the University of Hawaii, who passed away on March 13, 2006. He had a son, Ken, who is married to Jessica Carroll from Rochester, New York, and a granddaughter Mary Margaret "Maggie" Inouye.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Oren Long
U.S. Senate - Hawaii
Succeeded by
- Brian Schatz