Daniel K. Inouye

Daniel K. Inouye was arguably the most important figure in modern Hawaii governance, a position he held for half a century. He was considered by many to be a kingmaker at home, the Democrat whose opinion on candidates and party policy matters most. He passed away on December 17, 2012.

Inouye was also a major figure in Washington. He was the most-senior member of the U.S. Senate, and the second-longest-serving senator in U.S. history.

Inouye chaired the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the largest committee in the Senate and one of the most powerful, as it oversees all discretionary spending legislation. Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in the Senate, and was the first to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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