Congressman Mark Takano was first elected to represent California’s 41st Congressional District in 2012. Prior to winning election to Congress, Takano taught at a local high school and served as a member of Riverside Community College’s Board of Trustees, a local elected position. A Japanese-American, Takano’s family has deep roots in his district. In Congress, Rep. Takano serves as the Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and is on the Education and Labor Committee. He is also chair of the LGBT caucus and Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus.
Throughout his time in Congress, Rep. Takano has been one of the most steadfast supporters of J Street issues. He has consistently voted with J Street’s entire legislative agenda. He has traveled to Israel on numerous occasions and strongly supports US efforts to broker a two-state solution. He was one of the earliest cosponsors of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.