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Amata honors the life & legacy of Rep. Mark Takai

Source: Media release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, September 28, 2016 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, took to the House floor and issued the following statement last week, to honor her colleague and friend, Representative Mark Takai of Hawai’i, who passed away last month after a long and hard fought battle with cancer.

Congresswoman Amata honoring the late Rep. Takai on the House Floor

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the life of a truly good and humble man… While I did not know Mark for very long, I can say that in the time I had the pleasure of knowing him, I was able to call him not only a colleague, but also proudly, a friend.

Mark and I came to Congress in the same Class, almost two short years ago. Upon meeting Mark, I instantly knew that I had a new colleague that I could talk openly to, and I knew that he would always listen with an open mind. We also shared a mutual love and desire to serve our constituents who also have so much in common, including a shared heritage.

Mark’s heart was that of a public servant. Always willing to do whatever it took to best serve the people of Hawaii; Mark set an example for us all on how to put our communities above ourselves and serve for the betterment of everyone; this includes his service in the United States Army National Guard, during which time he served as a Medical Officer in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I want to give my deepest condolences Mark’s wife Sami, and his two children Matthew and Kaila, and wish for them comfort during this difficult time. I know that they can take solace in the fact that Mark was a great man who will always be respected and revered…not for what he did for himself, but what he did for others.

I am grateful for this time to talk about my friend Mark…he will be dearly missed.

God bless Mark, his family, and the United States.”

His wife Sami, and their two children Matthew and Kaila survive Representative Taki.