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US Congressman Mark Takano Spends Time in SMA and with Its Residents

By Mark Bilker

The San Miguel chapter of Democrats Abroad will welcome US Congressman Mark Takano (D), California, at a reception in Colonia Atascadero on Sunday, July 30, from 5–7 pm.

Congressional Reception
Featuring Congressman Mark Takano (D), California
Sun, Jul 30, 5–7 pm.
Colonia Atascadero

Congressman Takano, a third term congressman who represents California’s 41st Congressional District, is a Spanish speaker and will be using his August House recess to enroll in an intensive two-week Spanish language program here and to learn a bit about the history of our colonial city.

The Congressman’s district, which encompasses Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris, and Jurupa Valley, has a population of approximately 750,000 of whom 380,000 are Mexican-American.

Born and raised in Riverside, Mark’s family roots go back to his grandparents who, together with his parents, were removed from their respective homes and sent to Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

The congressman attended Harvard and received his bachelor’s degree in Government in 1983. As a student, Mark bussed tables to help make ends meet. Returning home to Riverside Mark began teaching in the Rialto Unified School District. He was elected to the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees in 1990.

His principal issues, as identified in his official biography, include veterans’ affairs, the creation of good paying jobs, improving public education, fighting abuses in for-profit colleges that can often lead to insurmountable student debt, and fair housing.

Democrats Abroad, whose membership is drawn from among the eight million US citizens who live around the world, has 42 country committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Asia. Members live in more than 190 countries around the globe and vote in every state and Congressional district in the US.


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