Mark (Mark) A. Takano (D-USH41)
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FAX: 202.225.7018
District: 951.222.0203
District FAX: 951.222.0217
Room 1507 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-0541

Residence: Riverside, CA
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2018
DOB: 12/10/1960
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
Co-ChairCongressional Deaf Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Writers Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Work for Warriors Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Energy Storage Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Maker Caucus (3D Printing Caucus)
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
Vice RM MemberHouse Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Co-ChairCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Energy
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Youth Sports
FC MemberCongressional Microbusiness Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Education and the Workforce
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
Counties Representing


For more than twenty years, Mark Takano has worked to improve the lives of Riverside County residents, both as an elected official and as a teacher at Rialto High School.

During his first term, Mark returned more than $2 million in benefits to constituents and veterans, advocated for immigration reform, toured more than 100 businesses, increased VA medical residency slots, and worked to keep federal funding for the Perris Valley Line during the 2013 government shutdown.

In his second term, Mark continues to support legislation that will grow our local economy, lower the cost of housing, support veterans, improve our education system, protect Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and invest in local infrastructure projects.

Born and raised in Riverside, Mark's commitment to public service began at an early age. His family roots in Riverside go back to his grandparents who, along with his parents, were removed from their respective homes and sent to Japanese American Internment camps during World War II. After the war, these two families settled in Riverside County to rebuild their lives.

Mark attended La Sierra High School in the Alvord Unified School District, and in 1979 he graduated as the school's valedictorian. Mark attended Harvard College and received his bachelor's degree in Government in 1983. As a student, he bused tables to help make ends meet. During his senior year, he organized a transcontinental bicycle ride to benefit the international development agency Oxfam America.

Upon graduation, Mark returned home to Riverside and began teaching in the Rialto Unified School District in 1988. As a classroom teacher, Mark confronted the challenges in our public education system daily.

In 1990, Mark was elected to the Riverside Community College District's Board of Trustees. At RCC, Mark worked with Republicans and Democrats to improve higher education for young people and job training opportunities for adults seeking to learn a new skill or start a new career. He was elected Board President in 1991 and helped the Board and the District gain stability and direction amid serious fiscal challenges.

In 2012, Mark became the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress.

Mark Takano represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris in the United States House of Representatives. He serves as the Acting Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and as a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

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