Congressional Progressive Caucus members support Takai in race for Hawaii’s First District
WASHINGTON, DC — Congressmen Mike Honda (D-CA) and Mark Takano (D-CA) today announced their endorsement of Mark Takai, who is running for Hawaii’s first congressional district. Honda and Takano join Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who endorsed Takai in Nov. 2013.
“I’m pleased to have received the endorsement of these fine members of Congress,” Takai said. “They all recognize that Team Takai is working really hard and the momentum is on our side.”
“Mark Takai is the perfect choice to follow Colleen Hanabusa in representing Hawaii. He has the passion, experience, and values that set him apart from the rest of the field. Mark Takai’s focus on education, working families, seniors, and our veterans is exactly what Hawaii, and America, needs. Mark Takai is a true progressive who is more than ready, and able, to serve. I look forward to his election in November, and in serving with him in the House for many years to come,” said Honda, the chair emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“If Hawaii voters want to stand up for progressive values, then they have a clear choice for Congress in Mark Takai. In Hawaii’s State House of Representatives, Mark Takai has fought for seniors, veterans, and working families. His record of military service and unwavering support for equality for all Americans make him an outstanding candidate. As a former high school teacher, I particularly appreciate his commitment to public education. We need a courageous leader and progressive champion like Mark Takai in the US House,” said Takano, who serves as Co-Chair of the House LGBT Equality Caucus.
“Mark Takai has been my friend since we attended college together at the University of Hawaii. Like me, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard, and he served overseas as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009. As a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, Mark Takai has worked toward the same goals that motivated my own campaign for Congress, like making college more affordable, strengthening programs that protect our seniors, and helping working families achieve the American Dream. Mark Takai shares my commitment to solving our nation’s biggest challenges and my willingness to work with anyone who loves this country to get her moving again. That’s an attitude we could use a lot more of in Congress right now. I know Mark will be an excellent representative and I couldn’t be prouder to support him,” Duckworth said.
Congressman Mike Honda represents the 17th District of California, better known as Silicon Valley, in the US House of Representatives. He is Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Congressman Honda has served in the House since 2001.
Congressman Mark Takano is in his first term as representative from California’s Inland Empire, including the cities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris. He is the first openly-gay person of color to serve in Congress, and is a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth represents the Eight Congressional District of Illinois. Following her career as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, she worked as an advocate for Veterans at both the state and federal level. Duckworth was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, where she is an active voice for her neighbors in the Eighth District.