DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye:
“I am incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of my colleague across the Capitol and the dean of the United States Senate, Senator Daniel Inouye. In so many different ways, Senator Inouye spent his life fighting for our country—first as a World War II hero who eventually earned a Medal of Honor for his brave service, then as the very first congressman to represent the state of Hawaii, and finally as the second-longest serving senator and the highest-ranking Asian-American elected official in American history. Having spent over 50 years in the halls of Congress, he was a tireless advocate and a dear friend to many, and we know his humble spirit and dedicated service to the Aloha State and to all Americans will not soon be forgotten.
“Tonight, as we mourn this monumental loss, let our thoughts and deepest condolences be with Senator Inouye’s wife, Irene, and all of his loved ones—not to mention the people of Hawaii who have known him for decades as their very own champion.”