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Daniel Inouye campaign material
Daniel Inouye campaign material

Button. Red, white and blue. "DANIEL K. INOUYE * U.S. SENATOR" arranged around a blue and white photo of Inouye.
Tab pin. Yellow and black, "I'M FOR DAN"
"Born in Honolulu, Daniel Ken Inouye (1924- ) was the first AJA elected to the United States House of Representatives on July 28, 1959. In 1962 he became the first nisei elected to the United States Senate and served six terms.
One of most visible and influential of all Japanese Americans, Inouye volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, America's second highest military honor. When he lost his right arm in the war and could no longer become a surgeon as he planned, he decided to become involved in Hawai`i's politics, to invoke social change.
Inouye first became involved with the Democratic Party in college, helping Burns' campaign. He began practice as a lawyer in 1953. In 1954 served as majority leader in the territorial house of representatives, and from 1958-1959 was a member of the territorial senate. In 1959 he was elected to the 86th Congress as the first representative from the State of Hawai`i, and was reelected in 1961. In 1964 he was elected to the United States Senate, and was reelected in 1968, 1974, 1980, 1986 and 1992.
In 1962 he was selected as "One of the 100 Most Important Men and Women in the United States" by Life Magazine. He published an autobiography, Journey to Washington, in 1967."
NIKKEI: Politics website, http://www.aaim.com/RESOURCE/THESIS/POLITICS/politics.html
Courtesy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye