2008 National Conference » Speakers

Daniel K. Inouye

U.S. Senator, State of Hawai'i

The first American of Japanese ancestry to serve in either House of Congress, Senator Inouye won election to the House of Representatives in 1959. A highly decorated veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, he was the first congressman to represent his state when Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959. He was reelected in 1960 and in 1962 won the election to the United States Senate. He was elected to a full term in 1960 and entered the Senate in 1962 where he has served ever since. During his tenure, Senator Inouye served on the Senate Watergate committee in 1973 and 1974, chaired the Senate Democratic Central American Study Group, and chaired the Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition. He is now Chair of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations. He is also the chair of the Board of Governors for the Japanese American National Museum.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Banquet Dinner with Keynote Speakers - U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta
Adele Arakawa, Anchor, 9News
Denver Taiko
Ernie Doizaki, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Japanese American National Museum
Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senator, State of Hawai'i
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity