Bloomberg by the Numbers: 19,478

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Sen. Daniel Inouye holds up a photo of himself on July 31, 1987 in Washington.

That’s how many days the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat who died Dec. 17, served in Congress.

Inouye entered the House of Representatives when Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959. He was elected to the Senate in 1962 and re-elected eight times, most recently in 2010.

Only Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat who died in 2010, served longer in the Senate than Inouye. And only Byrd, Michigan Democrat John D. Dingell and the late Arizona Democratic Sen. Carl Hayden served longer in Congress. Dingell was first elected to the House in 1955 and was re-elected Nov. 6.

Inouye’s body will lie in state today in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, an honor that’s been extended to about 30 individuals, including former presidents. Henry Clay, a former senator and House speaker, was the first person so honored, in 1852.

 

 

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