Daniel Inouye passed away today at the age of eighty-eight. He’s been a senator from Hawaii for as long as I can remember — for almost as long as I’ve been alive — having been first elected in 1962. He was the most senior member of the United States senate, a man who came from poverty, served heroically in World War II, had a large role in the push for statehood, and elected to the Senate at the age of thirty-eight.
In middle school I remember reading his autobiography, Journey to Washington, written with Lawrence Elliott, and being hugely impressed.
No one is perfect, but Daniel Inouye served his state and his country for nearly all of his life. He will be greatly missed.
The Star Advertiser has a detailed biography on the senator, not presently paywalled.