Hawaii helped make history in Washington, D.C. Thursday.
Hawaii's congressional delegation was sworn into their respective offices.
Senator Mazie Hirono proudly raised her right hand, taking the oath of office as a U.S. Senator with Vice President Biden.
"That you will well a faithfully discharge the duties of office you are about to enter, so help you God," Biden recited. "I will," replied the new senator.
And with those words some American history...Mazie Hirono is the first Asian woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, stands for a ceremonial photo with Speaker of the House John Boehner on Thursday.
(Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)
Strolling through the halls of the state Capitol past, literally, her first public office, U.S. Rep.-elect Tulsi Gabbard admits that even 10 years ago, as the youngest elected state representative at age 21, she never thought she would be where she is now.
I want to send my warmest and heartfelt aloha to all of you today, wishing you a Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays.
U.S. Rep.-elect Tulsi Gabbard said Friday she is "taking a moment" to grieve the loss of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye before thinking about applying for the vacancy created by his death Monday.
I write with a heavy heart and join you in mourning the passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. With his passing, Hawai'i and the nation have lost a true leader who gave us hope for a brighter future and motivated so many to step up and serve.
Senator Inouye is an American hero in every sense, sacrificing in battle and breaking down the barriers of prejudice that existed in World War II. After serving so admirably and bravely, he returned to Hawai'i where he dedicated his life to our State from its first days in the Union.
I am deeply saddened at the passing of Senator Inouye. He is a true American hero, sacrificing in battle and breaking the barriers of prejudice that existed during World War II. After serving so admirably and bravely, Dan Inouye returned to Hawaii and began his distinguished career as an elected servant of the people.
Senator Inouye was a true servant-leader who inspired so many to step up and serve Hawaii and our nation. The fact his last word was “Aloha” speaks volumes about this iconic leader.
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