Mark Takano is a Representative from California. Born in Riverside, CA, in 1960, he earned his A.B. from Harvard University in 1983 and his M.F.A. from the University of California.
He was a teacher and member of the Riverside
Community College district board of trustees from 1990-2012, serving as president of the
board in 1992, 1997, 1998, 2005, and 2006.
He ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 1992 and 1998. He was elected to the 113th and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).