Remarks of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Passing Of Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Remarks As Prepared For Delivery

Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to one of the greatest members of this body ever to have served, and one of my dear friends. Daniel Inouye was perhaps the best role model for public service any American could ask for.

Senator Inouye’s story is one of great passion for his people, commitment to his calling in public service, and dedication to finding a better way forward for all Americans. He was a true patriot, a soldier in World War II, a veteran of our armed forces, he fought for the freedom of the nation he so loved and believed in.

As a representative of Hawaii he dedicated his career to establishing and solidifying a place for his state in Washington so that generations of Hawaiians to come might know the benefits of federal support for such important causes as higher education, transportation, health care, and security. His advocacy was never in vain, his people have benefitted immensely from his service.

His efforts to bring people together are unmatched and the grace with which he conducted his work will always inspire me. He poured his heart and soul into the Senate, and we all felt his passion and concern for the work of this body.

There is no doubt that Senator Inouye will be greatly missed in these halls. He said he wanted to be remembered as having represented his people and all Americans honestly and to the best of his ability. I know he did, we all know he gave his everything to the Senate and his legacy will live on in the work we will continue to do.

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