April 17 - Fact of the Day: Daniel Inoyue

Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye is the first Japanese-American to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. As a Sansei Japanese-American, Inouye was born in Honolulu and raised by Japanese immigrant parents. During World War II, he enlisted in the decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team and lost his right arm in the air. As a result of his military service, Inouye was one of the first Japanese-Americans to receive the Medal of Honor. Currently, he serves as the highest ranking Asian-American government official in American history. He was ranked third in line to presidency after the Vice President and Speaker of the House as the president pro-tempore of the Senate. He continues to be a passionate advocate for Hawaiians as well as the AAPI community at large.

Source: http://inouye.senate.gov/Home/Home_1.cfm