Democrat Daniel Inouye, the U.S. Senate’s most senior member and a Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery during World War II, has died. He was 88.
He died of respiratory complications, according to the Associated Press.
I’m told the last time this happened, the governor appointed the Senator’s replacement. So that might be how it works this time. The governor is a Democrat.
It’s an interesting question as to who will take over the Appropriations committee. Leahy is next in line on Appropriations, but he’s heading up Judiciary.
The number two Dem on Judiciary is Herb Kohl, but he’s retiring, so Feinstein is next on Judiciary if Leahy moves to Approps.
Harkin is after Leahy on Approps, were Leahy not to choose to leave his current chair, but Harkin currently chairs the Labor Committee. But if Harkin leaves Labor, Mikulski is next up for the Labor chair.
Mikulski is next on Approps, if Leahy and Harkin don’t take it. She’s the senior woman in the US Senate overall, and she does not chair a committee.
You can see how confusing it gets, these seniority and chair issues.
I love this photo that’s on his Web site home page – he was always a very nice man, unlike a lot of the Senators.