Rep. Mark Takai (D-Hawaii), who died Wednesday at age 49 from pancreatic cancer, is being remembered as a longtime friend of credit unions and CUNA. Takai, who was a credit union member, was first elected to Congress in 2014 and served for 20 years in the Hawaii State House of Representatives.
“Rep. Takai was a good representative and strong supporter of America's credit unions. Throughout his career in Congress and the state legislature, he demonstrated an acute and thorough understanding of the credit union difference, and made sure that difference was reflected in public policy,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Together with his family, friends and constituents, the credit union community mourns his passing. He and his family are in our prayers."
Takai, a lifelong credit union member, spoke at CUNA’s 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference, where he told attendees he wanted to be a credit union champion. During his remarks, he said he grew up in a family served by credit unions.
The Hawaii Credit Union League supported Takai in his 2014 bid to represent Hawaii’s first district.
"Congressman Takai was an extremely strong credit union supporter who, among other things, was a cosponsor of House bills that sought to raise the member business lending cap and to give FCUs supplemental capital authority," said Dennis Tanimoto, president/CEO of the Hawaii Credit Union League. "We thank the late Congressman for his unwavering dedication and commitment to the credit unions of Hawaii--in the state legislature and in Congress. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loving wife Sami, son Matthew, and daughter Kaila."