Mark Takano Goes for Top Spot on House Veterans’ Affairs Committee
Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) has officially launched his bid to serve as either the Chairman or the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs -- depending on if Democrats taking control of the lower chamber in November. The Committee oversees agencies, reviews current legislation, and recommends new bills or amendments concerning military veterans. The Committee is currently chaired byCongressman Phil Roe (R-TN), and the current Ranking Member is Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN), who is retiring from Congress to run for Governor of Minnesota. Takano is next in line in seniority. “Helping veterans access a career-ready education that leads to a good-paying job will continue to be among my highest priorities for the Committee,” Takano said in a letter to colleagues announcing his run and touting his successes on the Committee. “While timely and quality medical care is fundamental to supporting veterans, the foundation of financial security is equally important to a fulfilling civilian life.” The Congressman also serves as Whip of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and a Co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. He is Sansei -- the grandson of people born in Japan who immigrated to the U.S. His family was relocated and interned from California to a "War Relocation Camp" during World War II. The 57-year-old Harvard and University of California graduate taught high school for 23 years before being elected to Congress in 2013. Read his full letter here.