New Hawaii U.S. Rep. Mark Takai has been named to the House Armed Services Committee, his office announced Friday.
Takai, a lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii National Guard, said his top priorities would include "ensuring that Hawaii remains at the center of the defense rebalance, with adequate resources and funding."
He also plans to focus on the continued growth of Pearl Harbor as a Pacific hub, maintaining adequate support for communities affected by Department of Defense initiatives and environmental protection during training and operations.
In a news release, Takai said:
“Knowing the importance of national defense to Hawaii, I asked to be assigned to Armed Services shortly after I was elected to Congress. I am honored that my colleagues have placed me in a position to advocate for Hawaii priorities and policy as our nation rebalances to the Asia-Pacific region.”