|U.S. House, California, District 41|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Jerry Lewis (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Harvard University, University of California (Riverside)|
|Date of birth||December 10, 1960|
|Place of birth||Riverside, California|
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Takano's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
Takano serves on the following committees:
- Science, Space, and Technology Committee
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on Environment
- Veterans' Affairs
- Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Takano's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
- Health Care
- 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. "
Takano won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 41st District. He and John Tavaglione (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Anna Nevenic (D), George Pearne (R), and Vince Sawyer (R). Takano went on to defeat Tavaglione in the November 6, 2012, general election.
|U.S. House, California District 41 General Election, 2012|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, California District 41 Open Primary, 2012|
|John Tavaglione (R)||44.6%||25,379|
|Mark 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|
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.
|Mark Takano's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 41)||$1,456,716|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,456,716|
|U.S. House, California District 41, 2012 - Mark Takano Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,366,015|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,354,947|
|Top contributors to Mark Takano's campaign committee|
|Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund||$29,350|
|University of California||$14,300|
|National Education Assn||$10,950|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,597|
|Human Rights Campaign||$10,447|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$60,950|
Lifetime voting record
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Takano's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$11,997 and $35,000. That averages to $11,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.
Voting with party
The website Open Congress 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.
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- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- National Journal, "California, 41st House District," November 7, 2012
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Campaign website, Issues
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mark Takano," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Mark Takano 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- GovTrack, "Mark Takano," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Takano, (D-Cali), 2011"
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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