Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye Dies
5:45 PM, Dec 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Daniel Inouye, the Hawaii Democrat and the president pro tempore of the Senate, has died. Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post reports:
Inouye, 88 years old, was one of the longest-serving senators in American history, serving just a few weeks shy of 50 years. As the most senior senator in the majority party, he became president pro tempore of the Senate in 2010 following the death of Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Inouye will likely be succeeded in that position by Vermont's Patrick Leahy.
An Army veteran of the Second World War, Inouye had part of his right arm amputated after being injured by a German rifle grenade. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery.
Update: Inouye's Senate office has released a statement. Here's an excerpt: