December 17, 2012 / 10:56 PM / 5 years ago

U.S. Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye dead at 88

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye, one of the longest- serving members of Congress, died on Monday, Senate Leader Harry Reid said on the chamber’s floor.

Inouye, who was 88, had been hospitalized fighting a respiratory illness. He was the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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