VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Remembers Congressman Mark Takai on the One Year Anniversary of His Passing

July 20, 2017
Press Release

Washington D.C. -- Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) commemorated the life of Congressman Mark Takai, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer one year ago today.  Before his career in the House of Representatives, Congressman Takai served Hawaii as a member of the State House of Representatives for nearly twenty years.  The Congressman was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom as an officer in the Hawaii Army National Guard before his promotion to lieutenant colonel in 2013. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014.

Video of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's speech is available here

Congresswoman Gabbard said:

“One year ago today, we lost a brother, a friend, a colleague, and someone who made a great impact on my home state of Hawai'i and this country. My friend, Congressman Mark Takai, was someone who lived his entire life with a full heart and was committed to serving the people of Hawai'i and his country. Always ready with a helping hand, creative with new ideas, and a hearty laugh, Mark was someone who was always on the move.
 

“I had the honor of serving with Mark in the Hawai'i state legislature, the Hawai'i Army National Guard, and in Congress where we both served on the Armed Services Committee. Time and time again, Mark made his decisions based on how best he could serve the people of Hawai'i, and he took a lot of pictures along the way. Mark led by example - with respect, aloha, understanding and passion, and built partnerships focused on getting the job done.
 

“On this day, commemorating Mark, my heart is with his family -- his wife Sami, his kids, Matthew and Kaila, his parents, Naomi and Erik, our entire National Guard ohana, and the people of Hawai'i as we remember and honor the entire life and legacy of his service. Aloha.”
 

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