Daniel Inouye, the Democratic senator from Hawaii, is running for a ninth term in the U.S. Senate against tea-party-courting Cam Cavasso, the Republican nominee. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Inouye's life.
Is Daniel Inouye Married?
Who is Daniel Inouye's wife?
Inouye is married to Irene Hirano.
How old is Daniel Inouye's wife?
Inouye's wife Irene is 62 years old.
What does Daniel Inouye's wife do for a living?
Inouye's wife is president of the U.S.-Japan Council. On May 27, 2010, she was elected by the board to chair the nation's second largest nonprofit, The Ford Foundation. She is also the former president and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.
How long have Daniel Inouye and his wife been married?
Daniel and Irene Inouye have been married for two years -- they were married on May 24, 2008 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
How and when did Daniel Inouye and his wife meet?
Inouye and Irene Hirano met 26 years ago while Inouye served on the board and Hirano served as president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. According to news reports, after the wedding, Inouye said: "Our work keeps us quite busy, but the time we spend together and even our chats on the phone give a special richness to our lives. I am most fortunate to have as my partner a beautiful, accomplished, intelligent and worldly woman."
Were either Daniel Inouye or his wife married before?
Inouye was married for nearly 57 years to Margaret Awamura Inouye, a former instructor at the University of Hawaii, who passed away on March 13, 2006. Irene Hirano was also previously married.
Does Daniel Inouye have children?
Yes. Ken Inouye, 46, is married to Jessica Carroll from Rochester, N.Y. Ken works in Washington, has dual degrees in political science and arts management that he puts to use monitoring legislation and regulation affecting the entertainment industry. Jessica is a graphic designer. Ken was also the guitarist for the punk band Marginal Man.
Does Daniel Inouye have grandchildren?
Yes: Mary Margaret "Maggie" Inouye.
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Joel Stonington also contributed to this article.