Inouye, Daniel Ken
Inouye, Daniel Ken(ĭn`əwā', ĭnō`wā), 1924–2012, U.S. politician, b. Honolulu, grad. Univ. of Hawaii (1950) and George Washington Univ. Law School (1952). A World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient, he lost an arm in European combat. Inouye was elected to the the House of Representatives as a Democrat when Hawaii became a state (1959), and from 1963 until the year of his death served as a U.S. senator. He was the first Japanese-American elected to the U.S. House and Senate. Inouye was a member of the committee that investigated the Watergate affairWatergate affair,
in U.S. history, series of scandals involving the administration of President Richard M. Nixon; more specifically, the burglarizing of the Democratic party national headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington, D.C.
..... Click the link for more information. (1973–74) and chaired the committee that investigated the Iran-contra affairIran-contra affair,
in U.S. history, secret arrangement in the 1980s to provide funds to the Nicaraguan contra rebels from profits gained by selling arms to Iran. The Iran-contra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of President Ronald
..... Click the link for more information. (1987). He also chaired the Senate Indian affairs committee (1987–95), commerce, science, and transportation committee (2007–9), and appropriations committee (2009–12) and the select committee on intelligence (1975–81). In 2010 he became president pro tempore of the Senate.
See his Journey to Washington (with L. Elliott, 1967).