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Sen. Daniel Inouye

Former Senator for Hawaii

Inouye was a senator from Hawaii and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for Hawaii’s at-large district as a Democrat from 1959 to 1962.

Photo of Sen. Daniel Inouye [D-HI, 1963-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Inouye is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Inouye sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 2, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Inouye was the primary sponsor of 63 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 63 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Inouye sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (39%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Native Americans (7%) International Affairs (6%) Taxation (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Inouye recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Inouye voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 86/13 on Dec 15, 2011.

Inouye voted Nay

Inouye voted Yea

Inouye voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Inouye voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Dec 2012, Inouye missed 2,735 of 18,958 roll call votes, which is 14.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2012. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: