Hakes has been active in many state and national political campaigns. In 2005, Hakes became a founding member of New Majority Los Angeles, one of the largest Republican political organizations in California. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for New Majority California and holds the position of Federal Political Action Committee chairman and finance chairman for the Los Angeles chapter. In 2012, Hakes served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention and remains a delegate to the California Republican Party.

In addition to Hakes’ support for Republican causes, he enjoys an esteemed professional career. Hakes serves as the chief operating officer for Hitchcock Automotive Resources, one of southern California’s largest automotive dealer groups, which owns and operates four dealerships throughout the region.