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Daniel Inouye

Personal data
Date of birthSeptember 7, 1924(age 92)
Place of birthHonolulu, Hawaii
Political partyDemocratic Party
SpouseMargaret Shinobu Awamura (1949 � 2006)
Irene Hirano (2008 � present)
Alma materUniversity of Hawaii, Manoa
The George Washington University
ProfessionAttorney at law
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1943 � 1947
Unit442nd Regimental Combat Team
Battles/warsWorld War II
Medal of Honor
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
World War II Victory Medal
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
Assumed officeJune 28, 2010
PresidentBarack Obama
LeaderHarry Reid
Preceded byRobert Byrd
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 1963
Serving with Daniel Akaka
Preceded byOren Long
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2009
Preceded byRobert Byrd
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
In officeJanuary 3, 2007 - January 3, 2009
Succeeded byJay Rockefeller
Preceded byTed Stevens
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
In officeJanuary 3, 1987 - January 3, 1995
January 3, 2001 - January 20, 2001
June 6, 2001 - January 3, 2003
Succeeded byJohn McCain (1995)
Ben N. Campbell (2001)
Ben N. Campbell (2003)
Preceded byMark Andrews (1987)
Ben N. Campbell (2001)
Ben N. Campbell (2001)
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
In officeJanuary 3, 1975 - January 3, 1979
Succeeded byBirch Bayh
Preceded byCommittee created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii's At-large district
In officeAugust 21, 1959 - January 3, 1963
Succeeded byThomas Ponce Gill
Preceded byPosition created
Member of the Hawaii Territorial Senate
In office1958 - 1959

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Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye (-enɨˈnoʊweɪpron, Japanese: 井上 建, Inoue Ken; born September 7, 1924) is the senior United States Senator from Hawaii, a member of the Democratic Party, and the President pro tempore of the United States Senate making him the highest-ranking Asian American politician in American history. Inouye is the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations.

A senator since 1963, Inouye is the most senior senator. He is also the second longest serving U.S. Senator in history after Robert Byrd. Inouye has 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 September 7, 1924(age 92), Inouye is the second-oldest current senator, after January 23, 1924(age 92) year old Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. He is also a recipient of the United States Medal of Honor.

If he serves until June 29, 2014, he will become the longest serving Senator in history. Inouye has already announced that he plans to run for a record tenth term in 2016, when he will be 92 years old.

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