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Mark Takai | Cooler
Mark Takai | Cooler
Published: 2014/10/08
Channel: Mark Takai
Congressman Mark Takai dies after battle with pancreatic cancer
Congressman Mark Takai dies after battle with pancreatic cancer
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: KHON2 News
Vice President Biden, Congress honor memory of Mark Takai
Vice President Biden, Congress honor memory of Mark Takai
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: KHON2 News
Mark Takai -- Proud History of Service
Mark Takai -- Proud History of Service
Published: 2014/04/16
Channel: Mark Takai
Mark Takai   "Action"
Mark Takai "Action"
Published: 2014/07/09
Channel: Mark Takai
Mark Takai ● A Simple Tribute
Mark Takai ● A Simple Tribute
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: Rest in Peace
Congressman Mark Takai not running for re-election
Congressman Mark Takai not running for re-election
Published: 2016/05/20
Channel: KHON2 News
RIP Mark Takai
RIP Mark Takai
Published: 2016/07/20
Channel: Tad Tamura
Mark Takai | Why we’re supporting Mark Takai
Mark Takai | Why we’re supporting Mark Takai
Published: 2014/10/14
Channel: Mark Takai
U.S. Rep-elect Mark Takai thanks supporters
U.S. Rep-elect Mark Takai thanks supporters
Published: 2014/11/05
Channel: KHON2 News
My Art Story by Hawaii Representative Mark Takai
My Art Story by Hawaii Representative Mark Takai
Published: 2016/01/06
Channel: National Endowment for the Arts
Mark Takai | Forty
Mark Takai | Forty
Published: 2014/10/02
Channel: Mark Takai
Election Profile: Mark Takai
Election Profile: Mark Takai
Published: 2014/07/19
Channel: KITV
Mark Takai on Olelo Community TV
Mark Takai on Olelo Community TV
Published: 2014/07/05
Channel: Mark Takai
Mark Takai | President Obama
Mark Takai | President Obama
Published: 2014/11/02
Channel: Mark Takai
Rep. Mark Takai in Memoriam
Rep. Mark Takai in Memoriam
Published: 2016/07/25
Channel: Keith Kamisugi
Congressman K. Mark Takai
Congressman K. Mark Takai's Funeral Procession
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: Alisha Leisek
Moving ceremony honors late Congressman Mark Takai at State Capitol
Moving ceremony honors late Congressman Mark Takai at State Capitol
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: KHON2 News
U.S. Congressman Mark Takai Of Hawaii Dies Of Cancer
U.S. Congressman Mark Takai Of Hawaii Dies Of Cancer
Published: 2016/07/20
Channel: Wochit News
Mark Takai | 2014 Legislature Farewell Speech
Mark Takai | 2014 Legislature Farewell Speech
Published: 2014/10/20
Channel: Mark Takai
Mark Takai | George Takei
Mark Takai | George Takei
Published: 2014/10/25
Channel: Mark Takai
Congressman Mark Takai on federal aid for Hawaii issues
Congressman Mark Takai on federal aid for Hawaii issues
Published: 2016/01/23
Channel: KHON2 News
Memorial Service, Congressman Mark Takai
Memorial Service, Congressman Mark Takai
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: Olelo Community Media
Mark Takai after first printout
Mark Takai after first printout
Published: 2014/08/10
Channel: KHON2 News
Mark Takai Every Time
Mark Takai Every Time
Published: 2014/07/29
Channel: Mark Takai
LIVE U.S. Rep. Mark Takai Memorial Services in Hawaii
LIVE U.S. Rep. Mark Takai Memorial Services in Hawaii
Published: 2016/08/18
Channel: Honolulu News
In Memoriam | Congressman Mark Takai
In Memoriam | Congressman Mark Takai
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
Mark Takai | Right
Mark Takai | Right
Published: 2014/09/22
Channel: Mark Takai
Mark Takai -- Digging Deeper for Hawaii
Mark Takai -- Digging Deeper for Hawaii
Published: 2014/03/27
Channel: Mark Takai
Mark Takai "Champions"
Mark Takai "Champions"
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: Mark Takai
Mark Takai talks after winning Congressional seat
Mark Takai talks after winning Congressional seat
Published: 2014/11/05
Channel: KITV
Congressman Mark Takai has Honolulu swearing-in ceremony
Congressman Mark Takai has Honolulu swearing-in ceremony
Published: 2015/01/17
Channel: KHON2 News
Honolulu Swearing-In Ceremony for U.S. Rep. Mark Takai
Honolulu Swearing-In Ceremony for U.S. Rep. Mark Takai
Published: 2015/01/23
Channel: Mark Takai
Mark Takai died at 49 | American politician | funeral function
Mark Takai died at 49 | American politician | funeral function
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: WWW.
Mark Takai after 2nd printout
Mark Takai after 2nd printout
Published: 2014/08/10
Channel: KHON2 News
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Leads House Special Order Honoring Rep. Mark Takai- 9/15/16
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Leads House Special Order Honoring Rep. Mark Takai- 9/15/16
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Congressman Mark Takai faces a pancreatic tumor
Congressman Mark Takai faces a pancreatic tumor
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: KITV
Mark Takai Supports Marriage Equality -- Nov. 8, 2013.
Mark Takai Supports Marriage Equality -- Nov. 8, 2013.
Published: 2014/03/27
Channel: Mark Takai
Mark Takai | Attacking
Mark Takai | Attacking
Published: 2014/11/09
Channel: Mark Takai
U.S. Rep. Mark Takai commends
U.S. Rep. Mark Takai commends 'Allegiance' play about interned Japanese Americans
Published: 2015/02/11
Channel: Mark Takai
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Members of Congress Honor Rep. Mark Takai in Special Order [Full Video]
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Members of Congress Honor Rep. Mark Takai in Special Order [Full Video]
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Late Congressman Mark Takai honored at DNC
Late Congressman Mark Takai honored at DNC
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: KHON2 News
Mark Takai | Period
Mark Takai | Period
Published: 2014/11/09
Channel: Mark Takai
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard congratulates Mark Takai on primary win
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard congratulates Mark Takai on primary win
Published: 2014/08/10
Channel: KITV
U.S. Rep. Mark Takai introduces Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act
U.S. Rep. Mark Takai introduces Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act
Published: 2015/01/26
Channel: Mark Takai
Senator Hirono & Mark Takai
Senator Hirono & Mark Takai
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: Democratic Party of Hawai`i
2017 K. Mark Takai swimming & diving CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 K. Mark Takai swimming & diving CHAMPIONSHIPS
Published: 2017/02/12
Channel: aceandquin
2017 K. Mark Takai swimming & diving CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 K. Mark Takai swimming & diving CHAMPIONSHIPS
Published: 2017/02/12
Channel: aceandquin
Mark Takai talks about joining the race for Congress
Mark Takai talks about joining the race for Congress
Published: 2013/08/21
Channel: KITV
Mark Takai Dead at age 49 RIP Funeral announcement
Mark Takai Dead at age 49 RIP Funeral announcement
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: NetMediaShow
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Mark Takai
Mark Takai, official portrait, 114th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2015 – July 20, 2016
Preceded by Colleen Hanabusa
Succeeded by Colleen Hanabusa
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 33rd district
In office
2012–2014
Preceded by Blake Oshiro
Succeeded by Sam Kong
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 34th district
In office
1994–2012
Preceded by David Ige
Succeeded by Gregg Takayama
Personal details
Born Kyle Mark Takai
(1967-07-01)July 1, 1967
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Died July 20, 2016(2016-07-20) (aged 49)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Cause of death Pancreatic cancer
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sami Takai[1]
Children 2[1]
Residence Aiea, Hawaii, U.S.
Alma mater University of Hawaii at Manoa
Website marktakai.com
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1999–2016
Rank Lieutenant colonel
Unit Hawaii Army National Guard
Charlie Company (Medical), 29th Brigade Support Battalion
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal
Hawaii DSO.JPG Hawaii Distinguished Service Order

Kyle Mark Takai[2] (July 1, 1967 – July 20, 2016) was an American politician from the state of Hawaii who served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Hawaii's 1st congressional district, from 2015 to 2016. He previously served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1994 to 2014.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Takai last served in the Hawaii Army National Guard as a lieutenant colonel and took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009, concurrent to his political career. He became the Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2014 elections, defeating former Congressman Charles Djou to win the seat. Takai announced in May 2016 that he would not seek re-election due to ill health; he died two months later.

Early life and education[edit]

Takai was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received his diploma from Pearl City High School in 1985,[3] where he was a four-time high school swimming champion and a high school All-American swimmer.[4] Takai received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.[5] While at the university, Takai was a Western Athletic Conference champion swimmer, president of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii, and editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper.[4]

Political career[edit]

Takai was first elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 1994, representing the 34th house district of Pearl City, near Pearl Harbor. He won re-election eight more times before shifting to represent the 33rd house district of Aiea in 2012. Takai was Chairman of the House Committee on Culture and the Arts between 1997 and 2000. He also served as Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education (1995–2002) and as Chairman in 2003–2004. Additionally, he was the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts.[when?] During the 2005 and 2006 sessions, Takai served as Vice Speaker of the House.[6]

Takai left his 20-year tenure as a state representative to become the Democratic nominee for the United States House of Representatives for Hawaii's 1st congressional district in the 2014 elections, following incumbent Colleen Hanabusa's decision to run for the United States Senate.[7] He won the election with 51.2% of the vote, defeating Republican former Congressman Charles Djou.[8] In November 2015, he introduced the Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act, extending federal compensation to those made sick by involvement in cleanup operations after bomb tests on Pacific islands.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

Military service[edit]

Takai was commissioned as first lieutenant in the Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) on July 19, 1999, and worked as the Preventive Medical Officer. He was the Division Chief for Soldiers Services and a School Liaison for the HIARNG. He later became a lieutenant colonel on May 14, 2013. Additionally, Takai served as the President of the Hawaii National Guard Association and the President of the National Guard Association-Hawaii Insurance, Inc.[11]

Takai was called to active duty for six months (May to November 2005) and served as the Hawaii Army National Guard Deputy State Surgeon. He later served as the Company Commander of Charlie Company (Medical), 29th Brigade Support Battalion from November 2006 to May 2008. Takai was posted abroad during Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Base Operations Officer (Camp Mayor) at Camp Patriot, Kuwait, from February 2009 to September 2009.[6]

Among his numerous awards and decorations, Takai received the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Army in 2009,[12] the Distinguished Service Medal from the National Guard Association of the United States in 2011, and the Hawaii Distinguished Service Order in 2012.[11]

Illness and death[edit]

Takai was diagnosed with a small tumor on his pancreas in late October 2015.[13] Takai announced on May 19, 2016, that he would not seek reelection because his cancer had spread, but vowed to serve out the remaining eight months of his term.[14][15] He died two months later at his home in Aiea. He was 49.[16] He is survived by his wife, Sami, and their two children.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mark Takai, First-Term Congressman From Hawaii, Dies at 49". The New York Times. July 20, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Langer, Emily (July 20, 2016). "Mark Takai, Hawaii Democrat serving first term in Congress, dies at 49". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ "HSTA and NEA Give Takai Huge End-of-Year Boost with Endorsement". Hawaii Reporter. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "A Swim Star Turns UH Watchdog". MidWeek. June 13, 2007. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ Takai, K. Mark (March 25, 2007). "Editorial: University View; Let’s Give UH a Second Century of Promise". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Legislative Members". Hawaii State Legislature. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ "State Rep. Mark Takai launches congressional bid". Hawaii News Now. August 7, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "2014 Certified Election Results". Hawaii Office of Elections. State of Hawaii. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ LaFleur, Jennifer (July 17, 2016). "Atomic veterans battle against illnesses and for recognition". Oregon Live. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Siegel, Benjamin (July 20, 2016). "Freshman Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai Dies After Battle With Cancer". ABC News. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "State Rep. K. Mark Takai Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel". Hawaii Reporter. June 18, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ Nabarro, Moanike'ala (July 20, 2016). "Congressman Mark Takai dies after battle with pancreatic cancer". KITV. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  13. ^ Blair, Chad (October 27, 2015). "Takai Has Small Tumor In Pancreas". Hawaii Civil Beat. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  14. ^ Pathé, Simone (May 19, 2016). "Hawaii's Mark Takai Will Not Seek Re-Election". Roll Call. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  15. ^ Wang, Frances Kai-Hwa (May 20, 2016). "Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai to Retire to Focus on Cancer Battle". NBC News. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  16. ^ Blair, Chad (July 20, 2016). "US Rep. Mark Takai of Hawaii Dies". Honolulu Civil Beat. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Colleen Hanabusa
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 1st congressional district

2015–2016
Succeeded by
Colleen Hanabusa

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