Members of Georgia's congressional delegations gave their thoughts Monday on the passing of Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye.
Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. released the following statement regarding the passing:
"Senator Inouye served his nation with distinction, first as a World War II Medal of Honor recipient and then for almost half a century as the U.S. Senator from the State of Hawaii. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense, he was a fighter for the men and women of our military and their families. He committed the first $10 million for the construction of the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgiaâ"a magnificent memorial to the Infantry Soldier of America's wars.
Senator Inouye was a zealous defender of the powers of Congress under the Constitution against any infringement by the Executive Branch. His powerful legacy of service and leadership in the Senate will be greatly missed."
Senator Saxby Chambliss released the following statement:
"From his World War II service â" for which his grateful nation bestowed its highest honor â" to his half-century in the Senate, Daniel Inouye dedicated his life to serving his country. I was proud to call him a friend. My condolences go out to his wife, Irene, and to the rest of his family."
Senator Johnny Isakson released the following statement:
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague, Daniel Inouye. The people of Hawaii and our nation have lost a war hero and public servant who served our country though many important events in our history. Few have contributed more to our country than Daniel Inouye. He was a great American who will be sorely missed. I send my condolences to his wife, Irene, his son, Daniel, and his entire family."