(FOXNEWS) — Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the Senate’s longest serving member, died Monday from respiratory complications. He was 88.
Inouye was a World War II veteran and a Medal of Honor recipient. He was hospitalized at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at the time of his death.
Inouye joined the Senate in January 1963. As the senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service, Inouye held the post of Senate president pro tempore, putting him third in the line of presidential succession.
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"He is certainly one of the giants of the Senate," Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Monday night on the chamber floor. "His commitment to our nation will never be surpassed."