Former Sen. Daniel Inouye

Democrat  •  Hawaii 9 Terms  •  Sworn In 1963
Last Term 2011 - 2012 View All


Inouye was born September 7, 1924 in Honolulu. In 1943 he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which became one of the most highly-decorated units in the history of the U.S. Army. During the World War II campaign in Europe he received the Bronze Star Medal and also the Distinguished Service Cross (USA), which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor. Although he lost his right arm in the war he remained in the military until 1947, discharged with the rank of captain.

He went to college on the GI Bill and graduated from the University of Hawai'i at M?noa in 1950 with a B.A. in political science. He earned his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC in 1953. Soon afterward, he was elected to the territorial legislature, of which he was a member until shortly before Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959. He won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as Hawaii's first full member, and took office on August 21, 1959, when Hawaii became a state. He was reelected in 1960. Read More...

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