November 30, 2018

130 Democratic Members Sign Letter of Support for Rep. Mark Takano to Become Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Washington, D.C. – 130 Democratic Members and Members-Elect have signed a letter indicating their support for Vice Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-Calif.) to become Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

The letter is here and below:

November 30, 2018

Dear Colleague: 

To best serve our nation’s veterans in the 116th Congress, we need experienced leaders who are dedicated to protecting veteran benefits while also holding this Administration accountable. That is why we are supporting Mark Takano for Chairman. 

As the most senior Democratic member of the House Committee on Veterans’ affairs and the current Vice Ranking Member, Mark was instrumental in negotiating major reforms to the GI Bill. He has also helped shape messaging on veteran’s issues for the Democratic Caucus.  

Mark made veterans a priority from his first days in Congress and has demonstrated an ability to advance Democratic priorities. Mark serves as the Whip of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and Co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and his appointment to Chairman would further advance our Democratic Caucus’ commitment to diversity.

Our veterans deserve a Chairman ready to take on this critical task, and there is no better person for this job than Mark Takano.


Rep. Alma Adams

Rep. Pete Aguilar

Rep. Nanette Barragan

Rep. Joyce Beatty

Rep. Don Beyer 

Rep. Sanford Bishop

Rep. Brendan Boyle

Rep.-elect Anthony Brindisi

Rep. Anthony Brown

Rep. GK Butterfield

Rep. Tony Cardenas

Rep. Joaquin Castro

Rep. Judy Chu

Rep. David Cicilline

Rep.-elect Gil Cisneros

Rep. Yvette Clarke

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

Rep. Jim Clyburn

Rep. Steve Cohen

Rep. Gerald Connolly

Rep. Jim Cooper

Rep. Jim Costa

Rep. Charlie Crist

Rep.-elect Jason Crow

Rep. Henry Cuellar

Rep. Elijah Cummings

Rep. Danny Davis

Rep. Val Demings

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Rep. Mike Doyle

Rep. Eliot Engel

Rep. Adriano Espaillat

Rep. Dwight Evans

Rep.-elect Lizzie Fletcher

Rep. Marcia Fudge

Rep. Ruben Gallego

Rep. John Garamendi

Rep.-elect Jesus Garcia

Rep.-elect Jared Golden

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez

Rep. Josh Gottheimer

Rep. Al Green

Rep. Raul Grijalva

Rep.-elect Debra Haaland

Rep. Denny Heck

Rep.-elect Katie Hill

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Rep.-elect Steven Horsford

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Rep. Hank Johnson

Rep. Marcy Kaptur

Rep. Joe Kennedy

Rep. Ro Khanna

Rep. Daniel Kildee

Rep.-elect Andy Kim

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi

Rep. William Lacy Clay

Rep. Conor Lamb

Rep. Jim Langevin

Rep. Rick Larsen

Rep. John Larson

Rep. Al Lawson

Rep.-elect Susie Lee

Rep. Barbara Lee

Rep.-elect Mike Levin

Rep. John Lewis

Rep. Ted Lieu

Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Rep. Stephen Lynch

Rep. Doris Matsui

Rep.-elect Lucy McBath

Rep. Betty McCollum

Rep. Donald McEachin

Rep. Jim McGovern

Rep. Jerry McNerney

Rep. Gregory Meeks

Rep. Gwen Moore

Rep.-elect Joe Morelle

Rep.-elect Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Rep. Jerry Nadler

Rep. Grace Napolitano

Rep. Donald Norcross

Rep. Tom O'Halleran

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar

Rep. Frank Pallone

Rep. Jimmy Panetta

Rep.-elect Chris Pappas

Rep. Bill Pascrell

Rep. Donald Payne

Rep. Collin Peterson

Rep.-elect Dean Phillips

Rep. Mark Pocan

Rep.-elect Katie Porter

Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley

Rep.-elect Max Rose

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

Rep. Raul Ruiz

Rep. Bobby Rush

Rep. Gregorio Sablan

Rep.-elect Michael San Nicolas

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon

Rep. Jan Schakowksy

Rep. Brad Schneider

Rep. David Scott

Rep. Jose Serrano

Rep.-elect Donna Shalala

Rep. Albio Sires

Rep. Adam Smith

Rep. Darren Soto

Rep. Tom Suozzi

Rep. Bennie Thompson

Rep. Mike Thompson

Rep. Dina Titus

Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib

Rep. Norma Torres

Rep.-elect David Trone

Rep.-elect Jeff Van Drew

Rep. Juan Vargas

Rep. Marc Veasey

Rep. Filemon Vela

Rep. Maxine Waters

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman

Rep. Peter Welch

Rep. Susan Wild

Rep. Frederica Wilson

Rep. John Yarmuth


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