Mark Takai

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Mark Takai


Mark Takai (born July 1, 1967, died 2016) was an American politician from the state of Hawaii. He the congressman of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 1st district, as a Democrat. He previously served in the Hawaii state legislature, from 1994 until 2014.

Takai is from Aiea, Hawaii. He serves in the Hawaii Army National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel and took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.

Takai became the Democratic nominee for the United States House of Representatives for Hawaii's 1st congressional district in the 2014 2014 elections, following incumbent Colleen Hanabusa's decision to run for the United States Senate. He won that election with 51.9% of the vote, defeating Republican former Congressman Charles Djou.[1]

Education

B.A., 1990; Master Public Health, 1993.

Student activist/sexual equality

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Tammy Duckworth and Mark Takai served together in the University of Hawaii Student Senate.

Takai was the President of the Student Senate, the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii, and the Editor-in-Chief of the campus newspaper.

Takai was involved in exposing Professors who sexually harassed students. In a campaign ad for Takai in 2014 Duckworth said that she and Takai would fight sexual assault in the military. She also stated that Takai wants "equal pay for equal work".[2]

VoteVets support

In 2014, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, on behalf of its more than 400,000 supporters, congratulated Mark Takai for his primary election victory, as he seeks to represent Hawaii’s First District in Congress. The group had recently spent $175,000 in television advertising touting Takai’s biography and record.

“From Kuwait to the State House, Mark has always been there for those who served in uniform,” said Greg White, Hawaii State Chair for VoteVets.org. “But, his record is so much more than that. His dedication to Hawaii, and his constituents, has been boundless. From seniors to children, and all of the working men and women in between, Mark has been there. He’ll carry that dedication to Congress, and make us all very proud.” The largest progressive group of veterans in America,VoteVets.org, on behalf of its more than 400,000 supporters, congratulated Mark Takai for his primary election victory, as he seeks to represent Hawaii’s First District in Congress. The group had recently spent $175,000 in television advertising touting Takai’s biography and record.

“From Kuwait to the State House, Mark has always been there for those who served in uniform,” said Greg White, Hawaii State Chair for VoteVets.org. “But, his record is so much more than that. His dedication to Hawaii, and his constituents, has been boundless. From seniors to children, and all of the working men and women in between, Mark has been there. He’ll carry that dedication to Congress, and make us all very proud.” [3]

Asian American Action Fund

In 2014, Mark Takai (HI House District 33 (Aiea)) is a current and former Asian American Action Fund endorsed candidate now running for election to represent HI-1 (Honolulu, Kaimuki, Aiea, Mililani, Pearl City, Waipahu, Waimalu). He is already the Democratic Nominee for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional district.[4]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

In January 2015, Mark Takai was listed as a new member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[5]

Anti-TPP letters

The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal "could only lead to the offshoring of U.S. jobs, especially in the service sector, and the erosion of America wages, nine newly-elected Democrats said in a letter to the president. Overall, 13 of 17 newly-elected Democrats are opposing Fast Track".

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) led the efforts of a group of the letter writers and his version was signed by Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania's 13th District; Mark DeSaulnier of California's 11th District; Debbie Dingell of Michigan's 12th District; Brenda Lawrence of Michigan's 14th District; Ted Lieu of California's 33rd District; Kathleen Rice of New York's 4th District; Mark Takai of Hawaii's 1st District; and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey's 12th District.

"[W]e believe this legislation lacked sufficient guarantees to ensure Congress' voice in shaping the substance of international trade agreements negotiated by the Administration," another group of freshman Democratic legislators wrote. "Our concern is that previous versions of TPA legislation did not ensure sufficient input of our constituents' concerns about labor, environmental, and human rights protections that must be essential in the trade deals you are currently negotiating."

Reps. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts' 6th District, Pete Aguilar of California's 31st District and Norma Torres of California's 35th District a the second letter.[6]

Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation

On December 17, 2015, Rep. Don Beyer, Jr. introduced legislation condemning "violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States." The legislation is based on unsourced claims that there is a "rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance," and a "disproportionate targeting" of "Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing...because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances." The resolution, H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States [7]

The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Michael Honda, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Michael Quigley, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep. David Price, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. John B. Larson, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Matt Cartwright.

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