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K. Mark Takai
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U.S. House, Hawaii, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorColleen Hanabusa (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$18.98 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,380,881
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hawaii House of Representatives District 33
1994-2014
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii, Manoa, 1990
Master'sUniversity of Hawaii, Manoa, 1993
Military service
Service/branchHawaii Army National Guard
Years of service1999-present
Personal
Date of birthJuly 1, 1967
Place of birthHonolulu, HI
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
K. Mark Takai is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Hawaii's 1st Congressional District. He was also a former Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives. He represented District 34 from 1994 to 2012 and District 33 from 2012 to 2014. He served as Vice Speaker from 2005 to 2006.

Takai defeated Charles Djou (R) in the general election to represent the 1st Congressional District of Hawaii on November 4, 2014.[1] He won the nomination in the Democratic primary on August 9, 2014.[2]

Biography

Takai grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where his father worked as an electrical engineer and his mother worked as a local government employee. Takai graduated from Pearl City High School, having served as student body president and editor-in-chief of the school paper. He was a two-time All-American swimmer and graduated with honors in 1985.[3][4]

After high school, Takai attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he continued his involvement with competitive swimming and student government. He graduated with a B.A. in 1990 and went on to earn his M.P.H. from the same university in 1993.[4] Takai was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives at the age of 27, serving from 1994-2014.[3]

Takai became a First Lieutenant in the Hawaii Army National Guard in 1999 and was promoted to the position of Lieutenant Colonel in 2013.[5]

Takai's professional experience includes working as a Publications Coordinator at the University of Hawaii, a Public Health Educator for the Department of Health, a Deputy State Surgeon in the Hawaii Army National Guard and the owner of Pacific First Health Solutions.[6]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Takai's academic, professional and political career:[7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Takai serves on the following committees:[8]

Hawaii House

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Takai served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Higher Education
Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Takai served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Takai served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Takai's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[9]

  • Military & Veterans
Excerpt: "Mark Takai has a long history of supporting our veterans. As a member of the Legislature and the Chairman of the House Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, he feels that the state needs to work to ensure that the relationship between the military, our veterans, and our communities continues to strengthen and grow to produce a more cohesive society."
  • Jobs & the Economy
Excerpt: "In Congress, I will push for tax credits and low interest loans for small business to open and expand. I will push for research and development incentives so all businesses – large and small – have an opportunity to be leaders in innovation."
  • Energy & the Environment
Excerpt: "My first priority when discussing energy policy is to put a higher priority on reducing energy use. Conservation efforts can make a difference faster than alternative fuels or expanded drilling programs, and they should be a prominent part of any legislation. We can create American energy independence by rewarding and promoting businesses that seek innovations in renewable energy."
  • Education
Excerpt: "We need to invest in our public schools to make them better and more competitive. The U.S. ranks in the middle to the lower portion of industrialized nations in terms of educational performance. As the leading nation in the world on so many other issues, this is unacceptable. We must continue to invest in early childhood education to build the foundation for our children and their education. Early childhood education offers the best opportunity to close achievement gaps and is a major differentiator between advantaged and disadvantaged students."
  • Medicare & Social Security
Excerpt: "I will not support any plan that ends Social Security or Medicare as we know it by eliminating guaranteed benefits. Turning Medicare into a voucher system will force people to fight with insurance companies over what treatments may or may not be covered. This will only result in higher costs for prescription medication and will cost the average senior thousands of dollars more per year, forcing them to make terrible trade-offs over life-saving treatment."
  • Budget, Deficit and Taxes
Excerpt: "The success of our economy hinges on how we handle our nation’s increasing deficit. Good governing is about making tough, but responsible choices to put our country’s economy back on track. The budget deficit can only be reduced with a multi-faceted approach that includes cutting annual government spending, identifying additional savings opportunities and creating an equitable system that will balance the budget and forge a sustainable fiscal path for our economic future."
  • Women’s Health
Excerpt: "In Congress I intend to be a faithful defender of a woman’s right to choose. Legislation, such as the so-called “Protect Life Act,” which would allow hospitals and emergency doctors to deny giving a woman a life-saving abortion, is wrong. These political tactics are an outrage and I will fight it on the floor of the House."
  • Gun Violence Prevention
Excerpt: "I believe citizens should be allowed to own guns for sport – guns without military applications like automatic firing capability. No one needs an Uzi to puncture paper targets or to bring down a pig during hunting season. These weapons are for killing and should be banned."
  • LGBT
Excerpt: "I voted yes for marriage equality in the Hawaii State House in November because it was the right thing to do. In Congress, I will work to ensure that the LGBT community has the same rights afforded to everyone else. As a Lt. Colonel in the National Guard, I supported the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” I was pleased when the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional. I think all people should be treated the same."

Elections

2014

See also: Hawaii's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Takai ran for election to the U.S. House, representing the 1st Congressional District of Hawaii.[10] He won the nomination in the Democratic primary on August 9, 2014.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014. [10]

U.S. House, Hawaii District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Takai 51.2% 93,360
     Republican Charles Djou 47.4% 86,419
Total Votes 179,779
Source: Hawaii Secretary of State
U.S. House, Hawaii District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Takai 44.5% 52,736
Donna Kim 28.4% 33,678
Stanley Chang 10.2% 12,135
Ikaika Anderson 6.7% 7,937
Will Espero 3.8% 4,555
Joey Manahan 3.8% 4,495
Kathryn Xian 2.6% 3,039
Total Votes 118,575
Source: Hawaii Office of Elections

2012

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Takai won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 33. Takai defeated incumbent Heather Giugni in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Sam Kong (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[11][12][13]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngK. Mark Takai Incumbent 67.2% 7,277
     Republican Sam Kong 32.8% 3,556
Total Votes 10,833
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 33 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngK. Mark Takai Incumbent 72.6% 5,308
Heather Giugni Incumbent 27.4% 2,008
Total Votes 7,316

2010

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Takai won re-election to the 34th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary election on September 18, 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. William Wong ran on the Republican ticket for this seat.[14]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 34 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png K. Mark Takai (D) 6,213 76.0%
William Wong (R) 1,453 17.8%

2008

In 2008, Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives from Hawaii's 34th District. Takai ran unopposed in the election. He raised $95,011 for his campaign.[15]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Takai is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Takai raised a total of $2,380,881 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 14, 2015.[16]

K. Mark Takai's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Hawaii, District 1) Won $1,829,107
2012 Hawaii State House, District 33 Won $115,250
2010 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $81,930
2008 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $95,011
2006 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $78,122
2004 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $51,118
2002 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $5
2000 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $77,481
1998 Hawaii State House, District 34 Won $52,857
Grand Total Raised $2,380,881

2014

Takai won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Takai's campaign committee raised a total of $1,829,107 and spent $1,771,572.[17] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[18]

Cost per vote

Takai spent $18.98 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Hawaii District 1, 2014 - Mark Takai Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,829,107
Total Spent $1,771,572
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $1,059,771
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $1,013,175
Top contributors to Mark Takai's campaign committee
Matson Inc$23,800
Navatek Ltd$20,200
Higher Education Partners LLC$16,100
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$14,000
University of Hawaii$13,050
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$118,892
Leadership PACs$85,750
Sea Transport$74,100
Lawyers/Law Firms$71,725
Public Sector Unions$60,500

Below are Takai's FEC reports.[19]

Mark Takai (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[20]October 16, 2013$0.00$124,411.81$(11,759.91)$113,651.90
Year End[21]January 31, 2014$112,651$102,304$(37,076)$177,879
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$177,879$227,202$(83,056)$322,026
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$322,026$211,376$(179,679)$354,093
Running totals
$665,293.81$(311,570.91)

2012

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $115,250.

2010

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $81,930.

2008

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $95,011.

2006

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $78,122.

2004

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $51,118.

2002

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $5.

2000

Takai won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $77,481.

1998

Takai won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Takai raised a total of $52,857.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Hawaii

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Hawaii scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[23]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."

2013

In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[24]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."

Hawaii Grassroot Institute

See also: Hawaii Grassroot Institute Scorecard

The Grassroot Institute issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[25] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Takai received a total score of 12%. Here are the scores Takai received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii House Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
25% 0% 0% 0% 14% 0%

Personal

Takai and his wife, Sami, have two children, Matthew and Kaila.[26]

He is National Chairman of the National Network of Legislators in the Military, State Coordinator of United States for Military Families and Coordinator of the Hawaii Medal of Honor.[27]

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References

  1. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Hawaii Primary Results," accessed August 10, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mark Takai, "Meet Mark," accessed February 3, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "TAKAI, Mark, (1967 - )," accessed February 5, 2015
  5. Hawaii Reporter, "State Rep. K. Mark Takai Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel," June 18, 2013
  6. Project Vote Smart, "Mark Takai's Biography," accessed February 5, 2015
  7. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Mark Takai," accessed January 26, 2015
  8. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  9. Mark Takai for Congress, "Issues," accessed February 3, 2015
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named new
  11. civilbeat.com, " Unofficial 2012 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 24, 2014
  12. Hawaii Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 24, 2014
  13. Hawaii Secretary of State, "Official 2012 General election results," accessed March 24, 2014
  14. Hawaii Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  15. Follow The Money, "Campaign funds," accessed March 24, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Takai, K. Mark," accessed April 14, 2015
  17. Open Secrets, "Mark Takai 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 6, 2015
  18. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 6, 2015
  19. Federal Election Commission, "K. Mark Takai 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 4, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 25, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 3, 2014
  23. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 4, 2014
  24. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 29, 2014
  25. Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, "2010 Legislative Score Card," accessed October 23, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "K. Mark Takai," accessed October 3, 2012
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 24, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Colleen Hanabusa
U.S. House of Representatives - Hawaii District 1
2015 - Present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Heather Giugni (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 33
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Sam Kong (D)
Preceded by
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 34
1994–2012
Succeeded by
Gregg Takayama (D)