Daniel Inouye

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U.S. Senator

Daniel Inouye




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the HI-Senate Class III Seat:
(Next election: 2 November 2010)

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Official website

Daniel Ken Inouye, a Democrat, has represented Hawaii in the United States Senate since 1962. He was the first American of Japanese descent to serve in the United States House of Representatives and later the first in the Senate.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Inouye voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

"The Gang of 14"

On May 23, 2005, Inouye was one of fourteen moderate senators to forge a compromise on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster, thus blocking the Republican leadership's attempt to implement the so-called "nuclear option". Under the agreement, the Democrats would retain the power to filibuster a Bush judicial nominee only in an "extraordinary circumstance", and the three most conservative Bush appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and William Pryor) would receive a vote by the full Senate.

Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans

Inouye introduced The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act in the 110th Congress which would establish a commission that would determine the facts and circumstances involving the relocation, internment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans.[1]

Main article: Redress for Japanese Latin Americans/ U.S. legislation#Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act of 2007


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 and also the Distinguished Service Cross, 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.

In 1962, Inouye was elected to the United States Senate, succeeding fellow Democrat Sen. Oren E. Long. Inouye gained national attention for his service on the Senate Watergate Committee. He was chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence from 1975 until 1979, and chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs from 1987 until 1995 and from 2001 until 2003. Inouye was also involved in the Iran Contra investigations of the 1980s, chairing a special committee from 1987 until 1989. He was a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2004 and easily defeated his Republican opponent, Campbell Cavasso.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Hawaii superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Daniel Inouye, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce Justice and Science
    • Subcommittee on Defense - Ranking Minority Member
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    • Subcommittee on State Foreign Operations and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation - Ranking Minority Member
    • Subcommittee on Aviation
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs Product Safety and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Fisheries and the Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on National Ocean Policy Study
    • Subcommittee on Technology Innovation and Competitiveness
    • Subcommittee on Trade Tourism and Economic Development
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine - Ranking Minority Member
  • Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Daniel Inouye. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 722 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-3934 Fax: 202-224-6747
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District offices
  • 101 Aupuni Street, Suite 205 Hilo, HI 96720
    Ph: 808-935-0844 Fax: (none entered)
  • 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 7-212 Honolulu, HI 96850-4975
    Ph: 808-541-2542 Fax: (none entered)
  • Post Office Box 573 Kaunakakai, HI 96748
    Ph: 808-642-0203 Fax: (none entered)
  • Post Office Box 41 Kealakekua, HI 96750
    Ph: 808-935-0844 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1840A Leleiona Street Post Office Box 311 Lihue, HI 96766
    Ph: 808-245-4611 Fax: (none entered)
  • 94-403 Punono Street Mililani, HI 96789
    Ph: 808-623-8334 Fax: (none entered)
  • 24 North Church Street, Suite 407Wailuku, HI 96793
    Ph: 808-242-9702 Fax: (none entered)
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