- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 14, 2006

HONOLULU (AP) — Margaret Awamura Inouye, wife of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, died Monday of complications resulting from colon cancer, the senator said. She was 81.

The wife of the senior senator from Hawaii died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

“It was a most special blessing to have had Maggie in my life for 58 years,” the Democratic senator said in a statement. “She was my inspiration, and all that I have accomplished could not have been done without her at my side. We were a team.”

Mrs. Inouye worked for the Department of the Navy in Washington from 1950 to 1952 while her husband attended George Washington University Law School.

She shunned the public spotlight during most of her husband’s long political career.

He said her vibrant campaigning on his behalf during his first race for the U.S. Senate in 1962 was the key to his victory.

Mr. Inouye, 81, is the third most senior member in the U.S. Senate. He is serving his eighth term.

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