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Las Vegas Sun: Inouye remembered as ‘a giant of the Senate’

Sen. Harry Reid looked obviously shaken as he eulogized his longtime colleague and friend Dan Inouye, Hawaii’s senior senator, who died of reported respiratory complications Monday afternoon. He was 88.

“He is certainly one of the giants of the Senate,” Reid said in an impromptu speech that was frequently punctuated by the senator exhaling long, deep breaths. “We will all miss him, and that’s a gross understatement. I wish I were capable of saying more. But that’s all I can say.”

Inouye was the second-longest-serving U.S. senator in history, chairman of its powerful Appropriations Committee and also was president pro tempore of the Senate, which put him third in line to succeed the president, after Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. Inouye was also the only member of Congress to have been part of his state’s original congressional delegation and still hold office, as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out Monday afternoon.

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