One of the amazing demographics in the United States is the growing number of octogenarians in our society. More and more Americans are now living into their eighties and beyond and many of them are actively contributing at work and in their communities. Within this statistic are some outstanding individual stories like those of these three people you should know who are United States Senators and octogenarians
Senator Daile Akaka. In the record books, Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii has already distinguished himself in two ways. He is the first Senator of Hawaiian descent to serve in the U. S. Senate and he is also the first Chinese American Senator.
Before entering the U. S. Senate, Akaka served with distinction in World War II. In civilian life Akaka worked for the advancement of education in Hawaii as both a teacher and a principal. Subsequently he was appointed to serve out a term in the U. S. Senate from the state of Hawaii. His time in the Senate proved just the beginning of what continues to be a long a illustrious career, marked by repeated re-elections and much popular support. His work in the U. S. Senate has centered around his position as the Chairman of the Committee for Veterans Affairs.
Akaka is among the people you should know because he was a dedicated educator, he is a powerful member of the U. S. Senate and he is also a genuinely devoted family man. Daniel Akaka and his wife have five children, 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Honored in Washington, in Hawaii and at home Daniel Akaka is a special kind of octogenarian and among the people you should know.
Senator Robert Byrd. Born in 1917, Robert Byrd, this year, will move out of the octogenarian category and into his nineties and a demographic all his own. Byrd grew up experiencing the poverty and hard times associated with living in the West Virgina coal country. He has kept a strong memory of those days and is respected for the humility with which he continues to serve the people of West Virginia.
Byrd was first elected in 1958 and since that time has built a Senatorial reputation based on devotion to the Constitution, the Senate and the rights they both protect. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and an active member of the Budget and Armed Services Committees continues to work a full legislative schedule. Robert Byrd is already a legend and an icon in the U. S. Senate. Revered by colleagues and constituents of both parties, Robert Byrd is an octogenarian certain on anyone’s list of people you should know.
Senator Ted Stevens. There are many long serving Senators in the Republican Party, but the senior Republican in the U. S. Senate is octogenarian, Ted Stevens of Alaska. At 83 years of age, Stevens has accumulated six decades of public service. He began serving his country during World War II. He logged in additional years working for the Eisenhower administration in the fifties. He now, rather incredibly, is in his sixth elected term as a United States Senator.
Ted Stevens is one of the people you should know especially during this time of terrorism and fear of climatic disasters. Ted Stevens’ work in the Senate has been centered around his efforts on the Senate’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on Senate committees that provide for Homeland Security and Disaster Recovery. As a Senator who admittedly has to travel long distances back and forth to meet with his constituents , Senator Ted Stevens continues to serve the people and do the job the chose him to do. There are many Republicans in Alaska who would tell you that Ted Stevens is definitely among the people you should know.
For many people, advanced age can mean slowing down, accepting fewer challenges and sitting back enjoying retirement. But for these three octogenarian Senators age seems to be a state of mind. They are definitely three people you should know in the cluttered arena of U. S. Politics.