Mark Takano

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Mark Allan Takano (born December 10, 1960) is an American teacher and politician.

In November 2012, Takano was elected to the U.S. Representative for the 41st District of California.[1]

Early life[change | edit source]

Takano was born in Riverside, California. He is the son of Japanese American parents. He is Sansei, which means that he is the grandson of people born in Japan who immigrated to the US.[2]

After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the Takano family was relocated and interned from California to "War Relocation Camps" during World War II.[3] He graduated from Harvard University in 1983.[4]

Career[change | edit source]

Takano taught in public school for 23 years.[3]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Goad, Ben. "Congress District 41: Takano beats Tavaglione in nationally watched race," Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California). November 6, 2012; retrieved 2012-12-2.
  2. Furutani, Warren. "Welcoming a New Generation of Nikkei Leaders," Rafu Shimpo (Los Angeles). November 23, 2012; retrieved 2012-12-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Johnson, Chris. "Takano on path to make history in Calif. race," Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.). December 22, 2011; retrieved 2012-12-3.
  4. "Harvard Grad Turns Democrat to Win Votes," The Harvard Crimson (Cambridge, Massachusetts). October 21, 1992; retrieved 2012-12-3.