“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Inouye, who was my dear friend and our highly respected President Pro Tempore. It was a privilege to serve with him on the Appropriations Committee where we worked to approve bills to provide funding for the activities and responsibilities of the federal government. He was an outstanding parliamentarian and will be sorely missed by the Senate, his constituents and his many friends.”
Inouye had served in Congress as long as Hawaii had been a state (1959) and was the first Japanese-American to serve in Congress, serving nine terms in the Senate after his time in the House.
He served in the Army in World War II. His arm was amputated as a result of his war time injuries.
He had been in the hospital with respiratory complications.
A Tweet from Cong. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) Monday said Inouye trained at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.