Mark Takano

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Mark Takano
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U.S. House, California, District 41
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorJerry Lewis (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,456,716
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard University, University of California (Riverside)
Date of birthDecember 10, 1960
Place of birthRiverside, California
Net worth$11,501
Office website
Campaign website
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]

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:[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


Takano serves on the following committees:[3]


Campaign themes


Takano's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • 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. "



See also: California's 41st congressional district elections, 2014

Takano is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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 November 6, 2012, general election.[5][6]

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.[7]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Takano's reports.[8]

Mark Takano (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2013$24,635.02$216,840.00$(48,131.95)$193,343.07
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2013$193,343.07$186,404.34$(97,016.69)$282,730.72
Running totals


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.[11] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[12]

Cost per vote

Takano spent $13.84 per vote received in 2012.


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.[13]

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.[14]

Takano most often votes with:

Takano least often votes with:

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[15]

Voting with party


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.[16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry Lewis
U.S. House, California, District 41
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by