RTDNA Mourns Loss of Sen. Inoyue, Offers Sen. Leahy Best Wishes on New Role as President Pro-Tempore
RTDNA is saddened by the death this week of Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), one of the longest-serving members of the United States Senate. Inouye was the first Japanese-American to serve in Congress and was a Medal of Honor recipient for his service to the US in Europe during the Second World War. He was also a former Chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce Committee.
As the most senior member of the Senate, Inouye served as President Pro-Tempore of that body - a position which is third in the line of succession to the Presidency.
Following his death, Senators elected Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) to that position. Leahy was honored by the RTDNF in 2004 for his work in support of First Amendment freedoms and is a longtime supporter of RTDNA and our mission on behalf of journalism and the American public. We congratulate Leahy on his new role and look forward to continuing to work with him on important legislation impacting the free flow of information and protection of First Amendment rights.