Mark (Mark) Takano (D-39)

US Representative Mark Takano

Mark (Mark) Takano (D-39)
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Capitol: 202.225.2305
FAX: 202.225.7018
District: 951.222.0203
Room 2078 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0539
3403 Tenth Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Residence:Riverside, CA

Committee Assignments

RM MemberHouse Committee on Veterans' Affairs
ChairmanCongressional Battery Storage Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Deaf Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Maker Caucus (3D Printing Caucus)
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development
FC MemberCongressional Hepatitis Caucus
Second Vice ChairCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberWater Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
FC MemberCongressional History Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
FC MemberCongressional Wire and Wire Products Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Affordable Medicines Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Wildfire Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Education and the Workforce
Co-ChairCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
FC MemberDemocratic Israel Working Group
FC MemberHouse Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberCommission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Public Transportation Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Philippines Friendship Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fusion Energy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baby Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberAmerican Sikh Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus


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. 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 bussed 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 Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and as a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2024
DOB: 12/10/1960
Counties Representing
Los Angeles
San Bernardino