Last week, after nearly four decades in Congress, my dear friend Senator Dan Akaka took to the floor of the Senate to deliver a heartfelt final speech.
Senator Akaka brought Hawaii’s spirit of aloha to Congress in everything he did, and he will be sorely missed here.
Please join me in thanking Senator Akaka for his many years of service, and wish him all the best as he returns to Hawaii to spend time with his five children, 15 grandchildren, and 15 (soon to be 16) great grandchildren.
Click here to sign our digital “mahalo” card to Senator Dan Akaka today!
Last week, I also received my official Senate committee assignments, and I’m pleased to announce that I will be following in the footsteps of Senator Akaka by serving on the Veterans Affairs committee — as well as the Energy and Natural Resources and Judiciary committees.
These are three great committees, and I can’t wait to get started.
Serving on these three crucial committees will give us a tremendous opportunity to help move our islands and our country forward — by supporting the brave men and women who have served our country so honorably, helping to make America and Hawaii more energy independent, and addressing the many issues in the Judiciary committee’s purview, from judicial appointments to immigration reform.
I’m excited to start my work, and I can only hope that I will bring the same aloha spirit to the Senate — every day — that Senator Akaka has done for so many years. He’s leaving me big shoes to fill.
Please join me in wishing Senator Akaka well in his retirement!