Rep. Mark Takano endorses Sanders

Rep. Mark Takano endorses Sanders
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Rep. Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoHuman Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary House committees move toward virtual hearings for COVID-19 era VA under fire as coronavirus infections among veterans, staff surge MORE (D-Calif.) has endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support The battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna MORE (I-Vt.) for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Sanders campaign announced Tuesday. 

Takano, chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and member of the Progressive Caucus, is one of fewer than 10 members of Congress to throw their support behind the Vermont senator. 

“I’ve always admired Bernie Sanders for the courageous leadership that he has displayed over his life in Congress,” Takano said in a statement. “I think about him standing up against the Defense of Marriage Act. Very few members of Congress actually stood up for marriage equality in the 1990s. I think he’s got the clearest history of protecting Medicare and Social Security.”

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Far more lawmakers have backed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points Biden: 'We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us' MORE, who is the current delegate leader following a strong showing in last week's Super Tuesday contests. 

Sanders did capture Takano's home state of California last week, but the party establishment has increasingly fallen behind Biden, who is looking strong in all six of the states set to hold their primaries on Tuesday.