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OCA Mourns Loss of Congressman Mark Takai

Friday, July 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nick Lee
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

20 July 2016

CONTACT:  Kham Moua | Policy and Communications Manager

202 223 5500 | kmoua@ocanational.org 

Congressman Mark Takai has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Elected in 2014, he recently decided not to seek reelection due to health concerns. He was 49 years old.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Congressman Mark Takai. He represented the best of our community in both Congress and in his daily life. A veteran, community leader, legislator, and father, he set a high bar for public service within the Asian Pacific American community," said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, OCA National President.

"Takai was a strong advocate for the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities during his time in Congress, as evidenced by his support for reuniting the families of Filipino veterans of WWII. His introduction of the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act was instrumental in bringing about much-needed immigration justice for the families of those deserving veterans. His passing was an incredible loss for both our communities and the entire American community," concluded Moe-Kaiser.

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs). 

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