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Daniel Akaka

Personal data
Date of birthSeptember 11, 1924(age 92)
Place of birthHonolulu, Hawaii
SpouseMary Mildred Chong
ResidenceHonolulu, Hawaii
Alma materUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa (B.Ed., M.Ed.)
ProfessionEducator (Teacher)
ReligionUnited Church of Christ
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1943-1947
UnitCorps of Engineers
Battles/warsWorld War II
Assumed officeMay 16, 1991
Serving with Daniel Inouye
Preceded bySpark Matsunaga
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2011
Preceded byByron Dorgan
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In officeJanuary 3, 2007 - January 3, 2011
Succeeded byPatty Murray
Preceded byLarry Craig
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii's 2nd district
In officeJanuary 3, 1977 - May 15, 1990
Succeeded byPatsy Mink
Preceded byPatsy Mink

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Daniel Kahikina Akaka (-enəˈkɑːkəpron; born September 11, 1924) is the junior U.S. Senator from Hawaii and a member of the Democratic Party. He is the first U.S. Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry and is currently the only member of the Senate who has Chinese ancestry.

Born in Honolulu, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He attended the University of Hawaii, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. Originally a high school teacher, he went on to serve as a principal for six years. In 1969, he was hired by the Department of Education as a chief program planner. In the 1970s he served in various governmental positions. He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1976 to represent Hawaii's Second Congressional District, and he served for 13 years. In 1990 he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to succeed the deceased Spark Matsunaga. Akaka would later be re-elected to three full terms. In March 2011 he announced that he will not run for re-election in 2012.

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