"'I am proud to have called Dan Inouye a friend and a mentor,' she said in a statement. 'His professional generosity and personal kindness have meant the world to me. I attribute a great deal of the success I have enjoyed to his willingness to share with a smile, and to guide with a gentle word. I will miss him, and I join our state and our nation in mourning the loss of a great American and a wonderful man.'
"In a speech honoring his Aloha State colleague Monday evening, Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) noted that Tuesday 'will be the first day since Hawaii became a state in 1959 that Dan Inouye will not be representing us in Congress.'
"'Every child born in Hawaii will learn of Dan Inouye, a man who changed the islands forever,' Akaka said. His voice broke several times as he paid tribute to his colleague.
"Elsewhere in the Senate, Inouye's colleagues praised his service as both legislator and soldier.- Advertisement -
"'Danny Inouye was an American hero of the highest order,' said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), in a statement. 'As a soldier he broke barriers with his heroism, as a proud Hawaiian he committed his life's work to serving the people of his state, and as a legislator he earned the admiration of everyone he ever worked with on both sides of the aisle, including me.'
"Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Inouye was among the first senators he reached out to after he was elected in 2010.
"'When I arrived in Washington, he was one of the first senators I sought out to introduce myself to in the first days after being sworn in,' Rubio said. 'I always admired his story and how he was the last of the Greatest Generation of Americans that served this country in World War II and then in peace in the U.S. Senate.'"- Advertisement -
RIP Senator, we are grateful for your many years of devoted service to the nation.- Advertisement -