February 15, 2024

Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Penn.) reintroduced the Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act of 2024 to ensure defendants’ rights are not stripped away as more and more investigations and prosecutions use black-boxed algorithms. People are being convicted without having the chance to see or challenge the source code that’s being used against them — a trend that will only grow as these technologies become more widespread. “The United States has a longstanding commitment…  Continue Reading

January 30, 2024

- Today, Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.) announced the funding of two research projects to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the development of decarbonization technologies. The $5.45 million in funding was granted by the Department of Energy’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office and seek to cut energy use with the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. The University of California, Riverside received $1,450,000 to decarbonize forest products though nove…  Continue Reading

January 19, 2024

Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest rejection of a two-state solution: “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statements yesterday in opposition to a two-state solution not only jeopardize security in the Middle East and the lives of Israelis and Palestinians, but also directly go against the long standing position ofthe United States. Throughout my time in Congress, I have advocated for a two-state soluti…  Continue Reading

July 12, 2013

Over rancorous Democratic objections, the Republican-led U.S. House passed a farm bill Thursday that does not include reauthorization of the food stamp program.The vote was 216-208. No Democrats voted for the bill.During the nearly seven hours of debate on the legislation, Democrats repeatedly called their Republican counterparts heartless, callous and cruel for their efforts to pass a farm bill with nutrition programs stripped from it.Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., was one of many Democrats who de…  Continue Reading

July 11, 2013

Rep. Mark Takano, a former high school teacher, took a red pen to a letter about immigration reform some of his Republican colleagues were circulating. The California Democrat "graded" the two-page unsigned letter, giving it an F and asking the writers to "see me after votes," posting a copy on his Tumblr page. He was okay with the first sentence, "Our immigration system is broken and in need of serious reform," saying it was a "strong thesis." Even when the Republicans said they wanted a secure…  Continue Reading

July 11, 2013

You can take the teacher out of the classroom — even send him to Congress — but you can't take the classroom out of the teacher. Or take away his red pencil. Before coming to Washington, freshman Democrat Mark Takano taught English for 23 years — mostly at Rialto High School. He must have been a tough grader. In the midst of the heated Congressional debate over immigration, Takano tries humor — a bit of political fun at the expense of his GOP colleagues. Republican House members were circulat…  Continue Reading

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