Senator Daniel Inouye (2007). Senator Daniel Inouye (1924-2012) was considered a brother by the late Senator Ted Stevens. Senator Inouye began his Congressional service in the House of Representatives upon Hawaii’s statehood, then ran successfully for the US Senate in 1962. He served on various committees over the years including the Appropriations Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee. He was a champion for his own state and for Alaska.