Sen. Murray Receives Inouye Award (11/18)


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The American Maritime Partnership and the Daniel K. Inouye Institute have issued the following news release and photo. SIU President Michael Sacco and Executive Vice President Augie Tellez represented the union at the award presentation.


Sen. Patty Murray Honored for Long-Standing Support of U.S. Maritime Industry by Daniel K. Inouye Institute


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Daniel K. Inouye Institute honored U.S. Senator Patty Murray on Tuesday, November 17 for her long-time support of the American maritime industry. Dozens of maritime and Senate leaders gathered on Capitol Hill to honor Sen. Murray as the first recipient of the Daniel K. Inouye Maritime Guardian award – an award given to a recipient who embodies strong leadership and commitment to the U.S. maritime industry.


The award was presented by Irene Hirano Inouye, widow of Sen. Inouye, to Sen. Murray, whose state is home to major ports, a vibrant American maritime industry, and a significant international shipping industry.


“We’d like to thank Sen. Murray for her vocal support and demonstrated commitment to the American maritime industry,” said Jennifer Sabas, Director of the Daniel K. Inouye Institute. “Sen. Murray mirrors the legacy of Sen. Inouye for her commitment to the success, safety, innovation and progress of this industry.”


“Senator Inouye was and always will be a shining example of what it means to be a strong leader for the U.S. maritime industry. His work has been immensely important to my home state of Washington,” said Senator Patty Murray. “I’m honored to receive this award in the name of a true American maritime advocate. As Senator Inouye did during his tenure, I will continue to work with members of Congress to support legislation that sustains the strength of this vital industry while honoring the maritime initiatives Senator Inouye worked tirelessly to uphold.”


“Dan was widely respected for his moral courage and his commitment to working in a bipartisan fashion,” said Irene Hirano Inouye, wife of Sen. Inouye and Advisory Committee Member. “It is with full confidence I can say Sen. Murray exemplifies that same commitment to the Merchant Marine and therefore it is with pride of my husband’s memory that she was selected for this award.”


Prior to his death, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye had a distinguished tenure of more than 49 years of serving Hawaii in the U.S. Senate, the longest serving member to date. As president pro tempore of the Senate from 2010-2012 – third in line of presidential succession – Sen. Inouye was the highest-ranking public official of Asian descent in United States history. For his heroic actions as a member of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team – resulting in the loss of his right arm – the World War II veteran ultimately earned the nation’s highest award for military valor, the Medal of Honor.


Following the ceremony, Tom Allegretti, Chairman of the American Maritime Partnership, the voice of the domestic maritime industry, issued a statement calling Sen. Murray “a tireless supporter of our industry and a worthy recipient of this award named in honor of one of America’s greatest heroes.”


About the Daniel K. Inouye Maritime Guardian Award

The Daniel K. Inouye Maritime Guardian award is modeled after one of the first Hawaiian weapons ever seen in the new world. Collected on one of Captain Cook’s journeys into the Pacific, it was made of wood and imbedded with teeth from a great white shark. Called the “lei o mano,” it was reserved for the warrior who was responsible for protecting the maritime resources and for ensuring safe passage on the seas. Over his years in the Congress, Sen. Dan Inouye received the “lei o mano” for his relentless efforts, and through this award, his legacy and commitment to a strong U.S. maritime sector is passed forward.


The Daniel K. Inouye Institute was established in 2013 to honor his legacy. A program fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Daniel K. Inouye Institute will work with affiliated organizations to preserve the senator's papers and tell his life story, support STEM education and civics learning, encourage international educational-cultural exchanges, and support collaborations between national institutions and organizations in Hawaii to widely share the Asian American and Pacific Islander experience.


American Maritime Partnership is the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry, a pillar of our nation‘s economic, national, and homeland security. More than 40,000 American vessels built in American shipyards, crewed by American mariners, and owned by American companies, operate in our waters 24/7. For more information, please visit




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