Asian American Government Employees Network President Comments on the Passing of Hawaiian Congressman Mark Takai
President of AAGEN Tin Cao expressed his sadness on behalf of the members of the Asian American Government Employees Network upon the passing of Hawaiian Congressman Mark Takai (D). Cao stated that "Congressman Takai was a good friend of the Asian community. One of the Congressman's first appearances was at AAGEN's Annual Leadership Workshop and Banquet last year. He spoke to the audience proudly regarding his new political career as a member of Congress. "During Takai's campaign in Hawaii, he was aware of the importance of touching bases with his supporters many of whom were government workers. AAGEN was excited to have Congressman Takai as the guest speaker as it was his inaugural speech to the Asian community.
Takai served in the Hawaii Army National Guard as a commissioned First Lieutenant as well as other positions such as the Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Base Officer. He was proud of his Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Army in 2009, the Distinguished Service Medal from the National Guard Association of the United States in 2011 and the Hawaii Distinguished Service Order in 2012. In the Congress, Takai served on the Committee on Armed Services and on the Committee on Small Business. Both House Committees are important to Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. As a freshman Congressman, it is important to get appointed to committees that would help your Congressional District. In this situation, he did more than that.
When Takai was diagnosed with a small tumor on his pancreas, he announced in May of this year that he would not seek re-election but would serve out his term. He passed away before serving out the remaining eight months of his term. He was at home in Hawaii during a Congressional recess and passed away with his family nearby.
Cao stated, "AAGEN has lost a good friend, who understood the importance of staying in touch with members of the community he represented both in Hawaii and on the Mainland."
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