It’s Schatz! Gov Names New U.S. Senator

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has selected Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to assume Dan Inouye's U.S. Senate seat.

Schatz, 40, will serve through 2014, at which time the seat is up for re-election. He has already said he wants to stay in D.C. for a long time.

Schatz was chosen over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and DLNR Deputy Director Esther Kiaaina. All three names were selected by a committee of Hawaii Democrats Wednesday morning (Dec. 26). 

The new Senate appointee plans to fly to Washington, D.C., tonight. (Perhaps he’ll hitch a ride on Air Force One, which leaves this evening) Inouye died Dec. 17 at the age of 88.

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