Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation responded to Inouye’s death Monday afternoon, calling him a “true friend” of Alaska.
“He felt the bond shared by the two ‘island states’ of Alaska and Hawaii, taking a lasting pride in his close friendship with Senator Ted Stevens, a man he called his brother,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement, referring to the close relationship Inouye had in the Senate with Stevens, who lost a reelection bid in 2008 and died in 2010. “Both he and Ted were members of the Greatest Generation, who saw the value in putting people over politics and spent their lives literally building the states they represented.”
Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who defeated Stevens in 2008, posted a brief message to his Twitter feed: “Goodbye, dear friend. RIP @Daniel_Inouye”
The office of Alaska’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Don Young, released a short statement Monday as well.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of Senator Inouye’s passing today,” Young’s statement read in part. “The islands of Hawaii and the state of Alaska lost a true friend.”