Michael Makoto (Mike) Honda
United States Representative (b.1941)
A public servant throughout his life, Mike Honda was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000. Representing the fast-growing, high-tech region of Silicon Valley, he has taken a leading role in bringing bipartisan understanding of the technology issues of tomorrow. Honda serves on the House Committee on Science and the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.
Born in California, Mike Honda grew up in the San Jose area and was evacuated with his family to the internment camp at Amache, Colorado during World War II. During his college years, he served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador before graduating from San Jose State University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Biological Science and Spanish (1968) and a Master’s Degree in Education (1974). Beginning his career as an educator, Honda was a science teacher, public school principal and educational researcher.
In 1971, Honda was appointed to the San Jose Planning Commission. This followed with his election to the San Jose Unified School Board in 1981 and the San Jose County Board of Supervisors in 1990. In a steady rise through state politics, he was elected to the California State Assembly in 1996 and 1998, where he worked on landmark education reforms to reduce class size and increases teachers' benefits. Winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he also serves as a Regional Whip for the Democratic Party and the Vice-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). In 2005 he became a Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
As of November 20, 2005