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

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"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 HironoOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Senate Dems call for investigation into Wells Fargo's wage practices Man arrested for allegedly threatening Hawaii Dems MORE (D-Hawaii) won't be sworn in until the next Congress.