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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 17, 2012
CONTACT: Ian Koski at 202-224-4216

Statement from Senator Coons on the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement on the death of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii.

“The Senate has lost a giant today, and America has lost a hero. Daniel Inouye was a truly great man, and I feel blessed to have been able to share even a little time with him in the Senate. It was one of the true honors of my time here to sit with him and reflect on his remarkable life and inspirational service to our country. He had a wonderfully gracious spirit and such a big heart. 

“Senator Inouye actually came to my swearing-in ceremony here in the Senate, but my young children didn’t know who he was. I told them they should be honored to have had the chance to meet him and later shared with them a copy of his Congressional Medal of Honor citation. I asked whether they’d like to meet that man. They were amazed and declared, ‘wow, that’s a real hero.’ They were right.

“It’ll be hard to imagine the Senate without Daniel Inouye, and I am saddened that we will have to. My thoughts and prayers are with Irene, Ken, Jessica, and Maggie, and all the people of Hawaii.”

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