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ENG: Daniel Kahikina Akaka (born September 11, 1924) is an American politician who was a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1990 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Akaka is the first U.S. Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Born in Honolulu, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He attended the University of Hawaii, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. Originally a high school teacher, he went on to serve as a principal for six years. In 1969, he was hired by the Department of Education as a chief program planner. In the 1970s he served in various governmental positions. He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1976 to represent Hawaii's Second Congressional District, and he served for 13 years. In ...
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Akaka loses post as Veterans' Affairs chairman

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka will move from chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to lead the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, a loss of influence for the state's junior senator. The Hawaii Democrat, who served in the Army Corps of Engineers in World War II and went to college on the GI Bill for veterans, has been chairman of Veterans' Affairs since January 2007. He is expected to be replaced today by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. As the chairman of Veterans' Affairs and one of the senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Akaka was well placed to be an advocate for ...

Akaka back at Capitol after injury recovery

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka is back at work on Capitol Hill after breaking two ribs last week. The 86-year-old Democrat from Hawaii had been recovering at home since the May 2 accident when he slipped and fell while taking a shower at his home in Virginia. He returned Monday to cast a vote for the nomination of a federal judge in Tennessee, said deputy communications director Jesse Broder Van Dyke. Broder Van Dyke said there were no complications, although Akaka still feels some pain. Akaka also co-hosted a conference Monday on legal empowerment for indigenous peoples. The senator was honored at ...

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka won't seek re-election

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka will not seek re-election in 2012, the fifth Democratic or Democratic aligned incumbent to bow out already this election cycle. "After months of thinking about my political future, I am announcing today that I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012," Akaka said in a statement. "As many of you can imagine, it was a very difficult decision for me. However, I feel that the end of this Congress is the right time for me to step aside." Akaka, who is 86 years old, had been regarded by both parties as a potential retiree and his meager fundraising -- he ...

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