Yesterday Mark Takano came out strong in his primary race and will face Republican John Tavaglione in November to represent California’s 41st Congressional District. Takano would become the first openly LGBT person of color elected to Congress.
“We’re proud of Mark’s win in last night’s primary,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. “His victory in November will help us achieve the largest Congressional LGBT Caucus in history and ensure LGBT Americans are heard on Capitol Hill.”
Takano’s primary is the first of eight LGBT candidates for Congress endorsed by the Victory Fund.
There are currently four openly LGBT members of Congress, including Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.). Last fall, Frank announced he would not seek reelection and Baldwin launched a bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
In addition to Takano, the out non-incumbent candidates for the U.S. House endorsed by Victory are:
- Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who would become New York’s first openly gay Member of Congress.
- Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), who is vying for the seat currently represented by Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin.
- Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who would become the first-ever openly bisexual member of Congress.
- Richard Tisei (R-Mass.), who would become the only out Republican in Congress.