Mark Takano

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Mark Takano
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U.S. House, California, District 41
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJerry Lewis (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$13.84 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,456,716
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHarvard University, University of California (Riverside)
Personal
BirthdayDecember 10, 1960
Place of birthRiverside, California
ProfessionTeacher
Net worth$158,501
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Takano campaign logo
Mark Takano (b. December 10, 1960, in Riverside, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 41st Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012. Takano defeated John Tavaglione (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Takano is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Takano is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Takano's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1983: Graduated from Harvard University with B.A.
  • 1984-1985: Substitute teacher
  • 1987: Graduated from University of California (Riverside) with teaching certificate
  • 2000: Graduated with M.F.A.
  • 1988-Present: Teacher, Rialto Unified School District
  • 1990-Present: Board of Trustees, Riverside Community College District
  • 2013-Present: United States House of Representatives, California's 41st Congressional District

Committee assignments

U.S House

2013-2014

Takano serves on the following committees:[3]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Takano's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Takano voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Takano voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Takano voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Takano voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Takano joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[12][13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Takano voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[18] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Takano voted for HR 2775.[19]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Takano voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Takano voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Takano voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Takano voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[24]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Mark Takano's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Takano is a Liberal Populist. Takano received a score of 50 percent on personal issues and 15 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Neutral
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[25]

Campaign themes

2012

Takano's campaign website listed the following issues:[26]

  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "Despite the national recovery, economic growth in Riverside County has been slow to rebound and unemployment remains high. Mark Takano favors strategic investments in infrastructure -- upgrades including renovating school buildings, improving roads, highways and bridges, and moving forward with high speed rail -- that will create jobs and improve our community."
  • Education and Workforce Development
Excerpt: "For more than 20 years, Mark Takano has worked on the front lines of public education as a teacher at Rialto High School. He recognizes that economic prosperity in the future requires a strong investment in education and workforce training today. Mark supports reforming or ending the Federal mandates of "No Child Left Behind" and a renewed commitment to building an educational system that will prepare Americans to compete in the emerging economy."
  • Clean Air
Excerpt: "With Riverside County residents suffering some of the worst air quality in the nation, it is imperative that their member of Congress take a stand for cleaner air. Mark Takano supports strong clean air standards and broader use of clean energy resources."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "For generations, Medicare has provided American seniors with access to necessary medical care in a timely and affordable manner. Mark Takano will stand up against Republican efforts to privatize or defund Medicare, and will fight to make health coverage more affordable for working families."
  • National Security
Excerpt: "Securing our nation from foreign threats, including terrorism, must be a priority in Washington. Mark Takano recognizes that as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, new strategies will be needed to thwart those who would do us harm. Mark supports reducing the number of nuclear weapons worldwide to keep them out of dangerous hands. "

Elections

2014

See also: California's 41st Congressional District elections, 2014

Takano is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He and Steve Adams (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Veronica Franco (D) and Yvonne Terrell Girard (R). They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[27]

U.S. House, California District 41 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Takano Incumbent 44.6% 15,356
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Adams 37.4% 12,863
     Democratic Veronica Franco 10% 3,456
     Republican Yvonne Girard 7.9% 2,726
Total Votes 34,401
Source: The New York Times Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2012

See also: California's 41st Congressional District elections, 2012

Takano won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 41st District.[1] He and John Tavaglione (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Anna Nevenic (D), George Pearne (R) and Vince Sawyer (R). Takano went on to defeat Tavaglione in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28][29]

U.S. House, California District 41 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Takano 59% 103,578
     Republican John Tavaglione 41% 72,074
Total Votes 175,652
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 41 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Tavaglione (R) 44.6% 25,379
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Takano (D) 36.7% 20,860
Anna Nevenic (D) 8.8% 4,991
Vince Sawyer (R) 8.3% 4,723
George Pearne (R) 1.7% 956
Total Votes 56,909

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Takano is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Takano raised a total of $1,456,716 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[30]

Mark Takano's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 41) Won $1,456,716
Grand Total Raised $1,456,716

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Takano's reports.[31]

Mark Takano (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$24,635.02$216,840.00$(48,131.95)$193,343.07
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$193,343.07$186,404.34$(97,016.69)$282,730.72
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$282,730.72$181,330.03$(85,098.39)$378,962.36
Year-End[35]January 31, 2014$378,962$118,390$(64,387)$432,964
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$432,964$141,528$(87,251)$487,241
Pre-Primary[37]May 22, 2014$487,241$65,549$(197,694)$355,096
Running totals
$910,041.37$(579,579.03)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Takano's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Takano won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Takano's campaign committee raised a total of $1,456,716 and spent $1,433,468.[38] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[39]

Cost per vote

Takano spent $13.84 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Takano's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $52,003 and $264,999. That averages to $158,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Takano ranked as the 361st most wealthy representative in 2012.[40] Between 2011 and 2012, Takano's calculated net worth[41] decreased by an average of 60 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[42]

Mark Takano Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$397,564
2012$158,501
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-60%
Average annual growth:-60%[43]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[44]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Takano missed 2 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[45]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[46]

Takano most often votes with:

Takano least often votes with:

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Takano has voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time. This ranked 96th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[47]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN, "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012
  2. National Journal, "California, 41st House District," November 7, 2012
  3. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues, "Mark Takano Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
  26. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  27. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  28. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  29. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  30. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Mark Takano," accessed March 22, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "Mark Takano 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  40. OpenSecrets, "Mark A Takano (D-Calif), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  41. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  42. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  43. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  44. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  45. GovTrack, "Mark Takano," accessed April 2, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Mark Takano," accessed July 31, 2013
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
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Jerry Lewis
U.S. House, California, District 41
January 3, 2013-Present
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