WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after the passing of fellow CPC member and Hawaii Representative Mark Takai (D-HI).

“We are deeply saddened that our friend, colleague and fellow progressive Mark Takai has passed away. Mark was a leader and public servant long before coming to Capitol Hill, having spent 20 years in Hawaii’s State House and risen to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaii National Guard. He served his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009 and his community while in Congress. 

“Mark fought bravely against a diagnosis that claims too many good people every year. He worked alongside us throughout his struggle, and delivered a profile in courage for every Member of Congress – and every American – to see and be proud of.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s wife, Sami, their two children, Matthew and Kaila, and the entire Hawaii community mourning this tremendous loss.”