House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith released the following statement on the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye:

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Senator Daniel Inouye.

"Senator Inouye was a true American hero and dedicated his life to public service.  He served in World War II, where he received a Medal of Honor, was elected Hawaii’s first Congressman, tirelessly advocated for veterans, spoke out for minority rights, was the highest ranking Asian American politician ever, and never stopped fighting for his constituents.

"Senator Inouye always put his country above politics, and he was a model for elected officials everywhere."