Political leaders issue statements on Rep. Takai's decision not to run for re-election

Political leaders issue statements on Rep. Takai's decision not to run for re-election

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's elected leaders expressed their support for U.S. Rep. Mark Takai on Wednesday, after he announced he would not seek re-election because of his health.

Here are their statements:

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz

"It has been my honor and a true pleasure to work alongside Mark over the years. He is a great teammate and has served the people of Hawaii with integrity and aloha. I know this was a difficult decision, and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono

"Mark has served our state and our country honorably as a public servant, elected official, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard. He has an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of Hawaii families.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

"Mark is a dear friend and colleague, and my prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time. We've served together over the years in many capacities — as colleagues in the Hawaii State House, as Soldiers in the Hawaii Army National Guard, and now in Congress.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee chairwoman

"My heart is in Hawaii tonight with my colleague and friend, Rep. Mark Takai and his family, as he continues his ongoing battle with cancer. Mark's career, marked by bravery in our armed forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom and distinguished service in both the Hawaii legislature and U.S. House of Representatives, is entering a new phase, as he makes the decision not to seek re-election.

Gov. David Ige

"For many years Mark has wholeheartedly served the people of Hawai'i, and our communities are better off because of his tireless efforts. I thank him for his military service to our nation, his skilled representation of his constituents in Congress, and his advocacy on behalf of Aiea/Pearl City residents at the State Legislature. He has been a valued colleague and generous friend to me, and I wish him well as he focuses on his health and family."

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui

"My heartfelt thoughts are with Congressman Mark Takai as he continues his courageous battle with cancer and I wish him a full, healthy recovery. Although I'm sorry to hear that Mark will not be seeking another term of office, I understand first and foremost that his health and well-being are his top priority.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell:

Speaker of the House Joe Souki

"I first met Mark when he was the student body president of UH Manoa.  I was the Chairman of the House Finance Committee and he came in all the time to lobby for a new basketball arena.  He was very persistent and very competitive.  When he came to the Legislature he brought that same kind of persistence and competitive spirit and for 20 years worked tirelessly for his constituents and the people of Hawaii.  I was very proud when he was elected to Congress.

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