takaiMember of the following committees:

AGR - Agriculture
EBM - Economic Revitalization, Business, & Military Affairs
EDN - Education
HED - Higher Education
TCI - Tourism, Culture, & International Affairs

Hawaii State Representative K. Mark Takai hails from the 34th House District representing the communities of Aiea and Pearl City, on the shores of historic Pearl Harbor. He was first elected in 1994 and has successfully won election in eight elections (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008). He currently serves as the coordinator of the Hawaii State Legislature's Military Appreciation Package.

Mark serves as a member of the House Committee on Education and the House Committee on Higher Education, which oversees the 10-campus University of Hawaii system, as well as the various private universities and colleges throughout the state. During his 14-year tenure on the House Committee on Higher Education, Mark served as Chairman (2003 to 2004 sessions) and as Vice Chairman (1995 to 2002 sessions). Mark served as Chairman of the House Committee on Culture and Arts for four years (1997 to 2000 sessions). Mark also served as Vice Speaker of the House during the 2005 and 2006 sessions.

Mark has worked to develop successful partnerships between military-connected organizations and non-military entities with focus on education for military children in Hawaii and throughout the world. From 2003-2007, Mark coordinated a five-year effort for the Hawaii Department of Education to receive an additional $27.8 million in Federal Impact Aid through Table 9.

He serves as a Board Member (since 2000) of Hawaii's Joint Venture Education Forum, a partnership between Hawaii's military component commands and the Hawaii Department of Education. Mark serves as the National Chairman (since 2006) of the National Network of Legislators in the Military, State Coordinator (since 2006) of the USA for Military Families, Chairman (since 2005) of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Task Force, and Coordinator (since 2004) for the Hawaii Medal of Honor, an award on behalf of the people of the State of Hawaii to an individual who was killed in action while serving our country as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mark received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1993. After graduating, he worked at the State Department of Health as a public health educator. He was commissioned a First Lieutenant for the Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) on July 19, 1999 and worked as the Preventive Medical Officer. Currently, he is a Major in the HIARNG and is the Civil Affairs Officer of the 29th Brigade Combat Team. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Base Operations Officer at Camp Patriot, Kuwait from February 2009 to August 2009. He served as the Company Commander of Charlie Company (Medical), 29th Brigade Support Battalion from November 2006 to May 2008. Mark was also called to active duty for six months (May to November 2005) and served as the Hawaii Army National Guard Deputy State Surgeon.

Mark and his wife Sami are parents of Matthew and Kaila. Both children attend Waimalu Elementary School, a public school in Aiea.

Member of the Democratic party