Pelosi Floor Speech on the Passing of Senator Daniel Inouye

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the House floor on the passing of longtime Hawaii Senator and the Senate’s President Pro-Tempore Daniel Inouye.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Thank you Mr. Speaker.  Mr. Speaker, I join my colleague in speaking about how sad we are on the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye.  His passing marks the end of an era, but the beginning of a great future built on the legacy he brought to the Congress.  For the people of Hawaii, the country, and the United States.  He was a public servant from start to finish.  He was a war hero earning a Medal of Honor for his actions on the battlefields of World War II before his state was even admitted to the Union.  And imagine, of Japanese-American heritage – at a time when Japanese-Americans were in camps – who was fighting for the freedom that they were not enjoying, is a true patriot.

”He was Hawaii’s first Representative in the House – a source of great pride to all Members, past and present, that we could call him colleague.  Senator Inouye was a patriarch of Hawaii and all Hawaiians will long remember the unyielding devotion to the economic vitality, progress, and success of his beloved home state.

“Senator Inouye led a life of principle, passion, service, and sacrifice.  He was the highest ranking Asian-American in our country and he was, for a long time.  His story – as an Asian-American who lived the American Dream, a soldier who served with bravery and courage, an elected representative who served with dignity – reflects the best of America.  We only hope it is a comfort to his wife Irene, his son Ken, and the entire Inouye family, and his many, many friends that so many share in their grief at this sad time.  I particularly – I want to praise him personally, but also bring words of comfort to his family from my constituents in California who considered him a very, very special leader in our country.

“With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.”