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CTY SCHATZ - 26 DECEMBER 2012- Governor Neil Abercrombie announced Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz as the appointment to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the passing of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Wednesday afternoon that Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. Schatz, 40, said his priorities in Washington would be to continue to identify federal money for Hawaii, support a Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill and work on strategies to respond to global climate change.