Inouye chief of staff 'very disappointed' Hanabusa not picked for Senate

"Having served as chair of the Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee when the succession law was passed, I fully respect the process and the governor's right to appoint a successor," Hanabusa said in a news release.

Schatz will be sworn in on Thursday, making him Hawaii's senior senator, as Sen.-elect Mazie HironoMazie HironoCarter pledges probe of sex assault testimony GOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees Sanders takes Hawaii MORE (D-Hawaii) won't be sworn in until the next Congress.

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