BY MALISSA ROGERS
Daniel Inouye, a proponent of gay rights and the second-longest serving Senator, died Monday at the age of 88, succumbing to a respiratory illness.
His political career began in Hawaii where he served as the state’s first U.S. Representative in congress when the state joined the union in 1959. A senator since 1963, Inouye was the most senior senator at the time of his death. Over the course of his career, Inouye became the nation’s highest-ranking Asian-American politician, serving as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate from 2010 to 2012. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage in World War II.
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