CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu’s Statement on the Passing of Congressman Mark Takai

Jul 20, 2016 Issues: Other Issues

WASHINGTON — Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following statement on the passing of Congressman Mark Takai (HI-01):

“Today, our nation lost a true patriot, public servant, and friend with the passing of Congressman Mark Takai. Mark was a decorated war veteran and proud member of the Hawaii Army National Guard, but more importantly, he was an outstanding colleague who truly embodied the aloha spirit and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the people of Hawaii and all Americans.  As a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, he also led notable efforts to benefit the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community, including efforts to reunite Filipino World War II veterans with their loved ones, secure treatment for veterans suffering from service-related radiation exposure, and commemorate the patriotism of Japanese Americans during World War II. I always enjoyed working with Mark and will never forget his strong commitment to bettering our country.

“On behalf of CAPAC, I thank his wife, Sami, and their children, Matthew and Kaila, for sharing Mark with us and the people of Hawaii. He will be deeply missed, and my thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.