Hawaii Representative Mark Takai passed away today following his battle with cancer. He was a first term Congressman who had announced his intention to not seek re-election because of his health, but he planned to serve the remainder of his term. Rep. Takai passed away at his home at the age of 49. Hillary Clinton released a statement of condolence to his family and honored his pubic service. A copy of her statement is below.
“The loss of Congressman Mark Takai will be felt keenly from Washington to Honolulu. Mark was everything a public servant should be. He spent his entire life in service of his state and his country–from the Hawaii Army National Guard to the Hawaii State House to the House of Representatives–fighting to make sure veterans and their families are supported, supporting ambitious steps to protect his state and our planet from the perils of climate change, and championing the rights of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian communities. I am grateful to Mark for his friendship and deeply honored to have earned his support. My thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family and friends, and especially with his wife Sami and his children Matthew and Kaila.”
News Source: USA Today