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August 21, 1959
Daniel K. Inouye elected to House of Representatives, becomes Hawaii’s first congressman

Daniel K. Inouye

Daniel K. Inouye (1924 – )

He Helped Investigate Watergate

Daniel K. Inouye was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, later upgraded to a Medal of Honor, for his bravery as a member of the famed “Go For Broke” 442nd Regimental Combat Unit during World War II.

Inouye.went to Washington in 1959, as the new state of Hawaii’s first congressman, and never left. Elected to the Senate in 1962, Inouye attracted national attention as a member of the committee investigating the Watergate scandal that forced President Richard Nixon from office. “When Richard Nixon left Washington, there were no tanks in our streets, no uniformed men with submachine guns walking patrol. He left, a new person came in, and that was it,” he recalled. “That moment made me a very, very proud American.”

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