Patrick DeLeon, who has been an aide to U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye since the Watergate hearings in 1973, is retiring.
In a statement Tuesday, Inouye thanked his Washington, D.C., chief of staff for his service and friendship. Marie Blanco will replace DeLeon.
Dr. Patrick DeLeon is one of the most senior staff members on Capitol Hill. He has served Hawaii and the nation since August 1973. He is a person of extraordinary background. He holds a PhD in psychology, a Master’s of Science in MS, and a Juris Doctorate.
Under his service, the importance of nurses, psychologists, and other health professionals was properly recognized. He has been at the forefront of shepherding legislation related to Native Hawaiians, immigrant children, the people of the Pacific, and higher education.
He has been very active in helping our community college system become full fledged, four-year colleges.
For example, he played a major role in the establishment of the school of Pharmacy and the school of Nursing at the University of Hawaii’s Hilo campus.
I would like to personally thank Dr. DeLeon for his decades of hard work, his service to Hawaii, and most importantly, for his friendship.