July 20, 2016 – Today, the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV) mourns the passing of United States Congressman, Mark Takai (HI-01). Rep. Takai passed away at the age of 49 due to pancreatic cancer.
Photo above: Congressman Mark Takai joins Rep. Mike Honda, Rep. Bobby Scott, and VA State Delegate Mark Keam at the first annual DAAV APAHM Celebration in May 2015.
“Congressman Mark Takai was a champion of Democratic values and a fierce advocate of the Asian American community, not just those in Hawaii, but for all communities across the nation.” said DAAV Board Chair, Dewita Soeharjono. “Rep. Takai was also an ally of DAAV. We are heartbroken at the news of his sudden death. Our prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.”
Elected in 2014, Rep. Takai was a freshman member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served on the House Armed Forces Committee and the House Committee on Small Business. During his tenure in Congress, he focused on legislative issues related to small businesses, seniors, veterans, and strived to make sure that his constituents in Hawaii’s First Congressional District flourish. Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Takai served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives for 20 years. He also contributed 17 years of service as a member of the Hawaii National Guard, and held the position as Lt. Colonel. In 2009, Rep. Takai was among those deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Rep. Takai was a distinguished guest at DAAV’s first annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month dinner on May 20, 2015. The DAAV board and DAAV’s members would like to recognize Rep. Mark Takai for his service to our community and for our nation.
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