PEARL CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) – At the Office of Elections Senator Daniel Inouye spent a bit of his Tuesday morning filing for re-election. The senator says that he has no plan to slow down his political career anytime soon.
"This is a special moment for me because in my wildest dreams, I didn't think that I would be in the US Senate after 50 years but here I' am," said Inouye.
The Senator started his political career in 1945 when he was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives. He was then elected to the Territorial Senate and later was elected the state's first congressman in 1959.
The Senator has been in the Senate since 1962 and is currently serving his 8th term in office. In addition to his political background, the senator served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He is a Medal of Honor recipient.
When asked his opinion on civil union bill, the senator expressed that the governor vetoing the bill would be a sad day.
"I've always supported that…after all, they are all human beings and it says in our declaration of independence that all are equal," said Inouye.
Even though some think that he should retire, Inouye believes that he needs to get back to Washington and is looking forward a heavy work load.
"This may sound like I'm psychotic or something but I've never had a vacation in my life, unless you call the military furlough a vacation but I just like to work. I seem to love challenges and there are many at this time."
As of Tuesday, eight to ten opponents are likely to challenge Inouye in the 2010 elections.