On January 5th, 2011 Senator Daniel K. Inouye was sworn in for his ninth term in the U.S. Senate. Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath of office. Senator Inouye, who serves on the U.S.-Japan Council Board of Councilors, will retain his position as the longest serving Senate incumbent. Hawaii News Now carried the story and provided the Senator's reflections,
"As I begin my ninth term, I'm reminded of how excited I was in 1963, when the people of Hawaii first entrusted me with the responsibility of representing them in the United States Senate. That excitement and anticipation is still alive, however, this is also a moment of reflection and memories."
Fellow Japanese American, Representative Colleen Hanabusa was also sworn in and Representative Mazie Hirono began serving in her second term.