Mark Takano (1960 – )

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California’s 41st district (D),
2013 – Present

Takano attended Harvard College and received his Bachelor’s degree in Government in 1983. Following graduation, Takano returned to his hometown Riverside, California and taught as a classroom teacher in the Rialto Unified School District.

In 1990, Takano was elected to the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees and in 1991 was elected President of the board. 

In 2012, Takano became the first openly gay person of color to be elected to the U.S. Congress. During his time in Congress, Takano has served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and as a member of the Education and Labor Committee.


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