INOUYE, Daniel Ken (1924-2012)
Senate Years of Service: 1963-2012

INOUYE, DANIEL KEN, a Senator and a Representative from Hawaii; born in Honolulu, Hawaii, September 7, 1924; attended the public schools of Honolulu; during the Second World War volunteered as a private in 1943 and retired after much action as a captain in 1947; belatedly received the Congressional Medal of Honor on June 21, 2000, for heroism in battle during Second World War; graduated, University of Hawaii 1950 and George Washington University Law School 1952; admitted to the bar in 1953 and commenced practice in Honolulu; assistant public prosecutor in Honolulu 1953-1954; majority leader in the Territorial house of representatives 1954-1958; member of the Territorial senate 1958-1959; upon the admission of Hawaii into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth Congress for the term commencing August 21, 1959; reelected to the Eighty-seventh Congress and served until January 3, 1963; was not a candidate for renomination to the House of Representatives in 1962, but was elected to the United States Senate in 1962; reelected in 1968, 1974, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004 and again in 2010 for the term ending January 3, 2017; president pro tempore (June 28, 2010-December 17, 2012); chair, Select Committee on Intelligence (Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congresses), Committee on Indian Affairs (One Hundredth to One Hundred Third Congresses; One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 3-20, 2001; June 6, 2001-January 3, 2003]), Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition (One Hundredth Congress), Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (One Hundred Tenth Congress), Committee on Appropriations (One Hundred Eleventh and One Hundred Twelfth Congresses); died on December 17, 2012; lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, December 20, 2012; interment in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii; posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 20, 2013.

Boise State University Library
Boise, ID
Papers: In the Frank Church papers, 1941-1984. Finding aid.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Papers: 3 audio tapes (1973-1974) in the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral History: 1987. 139 pages. Also discussed in an interview with Ernest E. Debs.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: 1975. 18 leaves. Reminiscences Part of ethnic groups and American foreign policy project. Topics include Jewish lobby in the U.S. Senate, Appropriations Committee trip to Middle East, and Hawk missile sites.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefings. Finding aid.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: 58 pages.

National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC
Papers: 34 collections listed in the National Archives on-line catalog ( including text, photographs, and moving images in the National Archives in Washington and Presidential libraries.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
Hawaii Congressional Papers Collection
Honolulu, HI
Papers: 13,000 cubic feet. Congressional papers including casework, legislation, subject files, and committee related material. Closed until 2028.

University of Oklahoma
Political Commercial Archive
Norman, OK
11 recordings. 1986-2004. Topical index on-line.

Vanderbilt University
Television News Archive
Nashville, TN
Papers: 173 recordings. 1968-2012. Searchable data base index on-line.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1973.

  • "Daniel K. Inouye" in Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress, 1900-2017. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Publishing Office, 2018.
  • Goodsell, Jane. Daniel Inouye. New York, NY: Crowell, 1977.
  • Inouye, Daniel K., with Lawrence Elliott. Journey to Washington. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1967.
  • Smith, Larry. Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2003.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes. 112th Cong., 2nd sess., 2013. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2013.