July 20, 2016
Contact: Hannah Chong
APAICS is Saddened by the Loss of Representative Mark Takai
WASHINGTON — APAICS mourns the loss of U.S. Representative Mark Takai of Hawai`i’s first congressional district. He passed away this afternoon from pancreatic cancer.
“We are sadden at the passing of Representative Takai. He was a shining star in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community as an example of commitment to public service. Our deepest condolences to his wife, Sami, his children and the rest of his family,” said Floyd Mori, APAICS President & CEO.
Rep. Takai began his career as a public servant in 1994 when he was elected to the Hawai`i House of Representatives. He served as a a state representative until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015. He was also a participant of the 2013 APAICS National Leadership Academy.
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.