|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 41st district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Jerry Lewis|
December 10, 1960 |
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Occupation||Teacher at Rialto High School|
|Website||Mark Takano: Teacher for Congress
Representative Mark Takano
Mark Allan Takano (born December 10, 1960) is an American teacher and politician from California. A member of the Democratic Party, Takano has served on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees since 1990.
In November 2012, Takano was elected to the United States House of Representatives, defeating John Tavaglione in the general election. Upon taking office, Takano became the first non-white openly gay member of Congress.
Early life, education, and academic career 
Takano was born in Riverside, California. His family was relocated and interned from California to "War Relocation Camps" during World War II. He is Sansei, which means that he is the grandson of people born in Japan who immigrated to the United States. He attended La Sierra High School of the Alvord Unified School District, where he graduated as valedictorian. He graduated from Harvard University in 1983.
He taught British literature in public school for 23 years. He was a member of the Republican Party through college, when he became a member of the Democratic Party. In 1990 he was elected to the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees and has served on that body since then. While on the board, he shepherded a measure that provided Riverside Community College employees with domestic partner benefits.
U.S. House of Representatives 
Takano ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives during the 1992 elections. That year, Takano ran in the California's 43rd congressional district and won the seven-candidate Democratic primary with 29% of the vote. Republican Ken Calvert defeated Takano 47%-46%, a difference of 519 votes.
In July 2011, Takano announced he would run for the U.S. House in the newly redrawn California's 41st congressional district, established in the redistricting following the 2010 United States Census. Five candidates decided to run for the open seat. In the June 2012 open primary, John Tavaglione, a Republican, ranked first with 45% of the vote. Takano ranked second with 37% of the vote. In the November general election, Takano defeated Tavaglione 58%-42%. Takano became the first openly gay member of the House who is not White.
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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- Congressional website
- Campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 41st congressional district
January 3, 2013 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority