|President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate|
June 28, 2010 â€“ December 17, 2012
|Preceded by||Robert Byrd|
|Succeeded by||Patrick Leahy|
|Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee|
January 3, 2009 â€“ December 17, 2012
|Preceded by||Robert Byrd|
|Succeeded by||Barbara Mikulski|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1963 â€“ December 17, 2012
|Preceded by||Oren Long|
|Succeeded by||Brian Schatz|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii’s at-large district
August 21, 1959 â€“ January 3, 1963
|Preceded by||John Burns (Delegate)|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Gill|
|Member of the Hawaii Territorial Senate|
|Member of the Hawaii Territorial House of Representatives|
|Born||Daniel Ken Inouye
September 7, 1924
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Died||December 17, 2012
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
|Resting place||National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific|
|Spouse(s)||Maggie Shinobu Awamura (1949â€“2006)
Irene Hirano (2008â€“2012)
|Alma mater||University of Hawaii, Manoa
George Washington University
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1943â€“1947|
|Unit||442nd Regimental Combat Team|
|Battles/wars||World War II (WIA)|
|Awards|| Medal of Honor
Bronze Star Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Mr. Gonzales' failure to respond to questions legitimately posed to him by the Senate raises grave doubts in my mind as to his fitness to serve the people of the United States as their Attorney General.
I do not personally agree with some of the positions that Mr. Gonzales has advocated, but that should come as no surprise, because I do not agree with many of the proposals made by the man who nominated him, President Bush.
The President's speech suggested to me that were we to follow his leadership, we will be in Iraq not for months, but for years. I also hope I am wrong on this.
Yes, prudently invested contributions to the Social Security fund may bring greater dividends, but those contributions would also face a greater risk. It would be like gambling. We should not gamble with the investments and the future of the citizens of this land.
One doesn't become a soldier in a week – it takes training, study and discipline. There is no question that the finest Army in the world is found in the United States.
I hope that the mistakes made and suffering imposed upon Japanese Americans nearly 60 years ago will not be repeated against Arab Americans whose loyalties are now being called into question.
I am ready and prepared to work with the President, but I will not be a rubber stamp for any president.
I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did okay.