Sen. Daniel Inouye visits hospital after a fall

November 15, 2012

The Senate’s most-senior member and third in line to the presidency was treated Thursday morning at a Maryland hospital after a fall.


Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). (washingtonpost.com)

Sen. Daniel Inouye is at the Bethesda Naval Hospital after taking a fall Thursday morning in his Rockville, Md. apartment, The Post’s Emily Heil reports.

Spokesman Peter Boylan said Inouye’s injury, a cut on his head, was minor and probably would require only a few stitches and some precautionary tests. Inouye, a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II, initially didn’t want to seek medical attention after falling and cutting his head, Boylan said. “The old warrior wanted to get in his car and get to work, but his wife insisted” that he get it checked out, Boylan said. Because of his military service and security clearance, he was taken to Bethesda Naval. The Hawaii Democrat, 88, is the most senior senator. And as President pro tempore of the Senate, Inouye is third in line for presidential succession, behind Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner.

 Read Emily’s full report here.

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Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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