Dear Neil

December 18th, 2012

In his one of his last acts, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, sent a personal letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday informing the governor that he would not be able to complete his ninth six-year term in the Senate and recommending U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his successor.

Inouye’s office released the letter on Tuesday.

Dear Neil,

Since 1959, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Hawaii and our nation as a member of the U.S. Congress. I have been fortunate to be a part of Hawaìi’s history and growth over these many years. People haye asked me how I want to be remembered, and I say very simply, that I represented the people of Hawaii honestly and to the best of my abilities. I think I did okay.

It is with much sadness that I share with you, that I will not be able to complete my ninth term in the United States Senate. While I understand that selecting someone to serve out the remainder of my term is fully your responsibility, I respectfully request that U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa succeed me, and continue the work, together with Mazie, on behalf of Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. Colleen possesses the intellect, presence and legislative skill to succeed in the Senate. I have no doubt that she will represent Hawaii with the same fervor and commitment that I brought to the Senate chamber since 1962.

I hope you will grant me my last wish. God Bless the people of Hawaii and God Bless the United States of America.


United States Senator

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