RIVERSIDE – Mark Takano’s campaign for Congress announced the endorsement of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) on Dec. 16.
Inouye is the first U.S. senator to publicly endorse in the race for California’s newly created 41st Congressional District. To date, Takano has secured the support of over two dozen elected leaders and 20 labor unions.
“Mark Takano has served this newly created congressional district as a classroom teacher, college board trustee and community leader for more than two decades,” said Inouye. “As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I am confident that Mark will work hard to create quality jobs, improve public education and preserve national security. I have known Mark for some time and I am pleased to endorse his campaign for Congress.”
Inouye is the senior senator from Hawaii and president pro tempore of the Senate, making him the highest-ranking Asian American politician in American history. He is also chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. In office since 1963, he is the most senior senator and the second-longest-serving senator in history after Robert Byrd.
Inouye has continuously represented Hawaii in Congress since statehood was achieved in 1959, serving as Hawaii’s first member of the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate. He was the first Japanese American member of both the House and Senate. A veteran of World War II, he is a recipient of the Medal of Honor and other military awards.
A lifelong resident of Riverside, Takano was elected to the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees in 1990 and won re-election to the board in 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2008. He is the longest-serving current board member and one of the longest-serving Democratic elected officials in Riverside County. As a trustee he has championed reform of secondary education, emphasizing Early College High Schools and more opportunities for career and technical education. Takano has worked as a classroom teacher in the Rialto Unified School District for the past 23 years.
The newly created 41st Congressional District includes the cities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Jurupa Valley. The district has a 7 percent voter registration advantage for Democrats. President Obama carried the district by a 20 percent margin in 2008 and Gov. Jerry Brown won the district by 12 percent in 2010.