|U.S. House, California, District 41|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Jerry Lewis (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$13.84 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Harvard University, University of California (Riverside)|
|Birthday||December 10, 1960|
|Place of birth||Riverside, California|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Key votes
- 3.1 113th Congress
- 3.2 National security
- 3.3 Economy
- 3.4 Immigration
- 3.5 Healthcare
- 3.6 Social issues
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Personal Gain Index
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
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
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Takano's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Takano voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.
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. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1 percent 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.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Takano voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown 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. 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.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
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.
Morton Memos Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
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.
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.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials 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 social issues and 15 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|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: 2014.|
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."
- 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 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.
|U.S. House, California District 41 Primary, 2014|
|Democratic||Mark Takano Incumbent||44.7%||19,648|
|Source: California Secretary of State|
Takano won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 41st District. 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.
|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|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Takano attends.
Comprehensive donor history
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|
|Mark Takano (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$24,635.02||$216,840.00||$(48,131.95)||$193,343.07|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$193,343.07||$186,404.34||$(97,016.69)||$282,730.72|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$282,730.72||$181,330.03||$(85,098.39)||$378,962.36|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$378,962||$118,390||$(64,387)||$432,964|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$432,964||$141,528||$(87,251)||$487,241|
|Pre-Primary||May 22, 2014||$487,241||$65,549||$(197,694)||$355,096|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$335,096||$113,042||$(74,529)||$393,609|
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. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Takano spent $13.84 per vote received in 2012.
|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|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- 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 prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The K-Street Metric
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
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. Between 2011 and 2012, Takano's calculated net worth 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.
|Mark Takano Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-60%|
|Average annual growth:||-60%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Takano missed 2 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.2 percent, which is better than to the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.
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.
Takano most often votes with:
Takano least often votes with:
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Takano ranked 37th in the liberal rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Takano voted with the Democratic Party 93.6 percent of the time, which ranked 86th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.
Takano voted with the Democratic Party 95.5 percent of the time, which ranked 96th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Mark + Takano + California + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- United States House of Representatives
- United States congressional delegations from California
- California's 41st Congressional District elections, 2014
- California's 41st Congressional District
- 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
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- National Journal, "California, 41st House District," November 7, 2012
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- 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
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- On The Issues, "Mark Takano Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
- The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Mark Takano," accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Mark Takano July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Mark Takano 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Mark A Takano (D-Calif), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- 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).
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- 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.
- GovTrack, "Mark Takano," accessed July 21, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Mark Takano," accessed July 18, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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