Senator Inouye will “lie in state in Capitol Rotunda” per FNC Chad Pergram

Senator Inouye

Notes emailed by Chad:

Inouye will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda…which is the highest level of recognition (lying in honor is one step below state).

His casket will rest atop the catafalque (pronounced KAT-uh-falk), a wooden platform that they use here at the Capitol for such somber events in the Rotunda. It’s the same platform used for Abraham Lincoln’s casket after he was assassinated.


The last lawmaker to lay in state is the late Sen. and Rep. Claude Pepper (D-FL) on June 1-2, 1989. Pepper served first in the Senate and then in the House.


31 persons have lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda. 11 were presidents. One was the late-Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA), portrayed recently by Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln.”


The Senate is not expeted to be in session Thursday out of respect for Inouye.

Subject: Re: Urgent: Fox First: Fox has learned that Senate Democratic and Republican leaders are efforting a resolution to have clearance for late-Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) to lay in state or respose in the Capitol Rotunda


The late-Sen Robert Byrd (D-WV) lay in honor in the Senate chamber in 2010.


The last person to lay in state was President Gerald Ford in December 2006 and January 2007.


Chad Pergram

FOX News

Senior Producer for Capitol Hill