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Michael M. Honda

Michael M. Honda
U.S. House of Representatives

Mike Honda represents the 17th District of California. His district encompasses San Jose and Silicon Valley. Honda was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2000. In 2009, Honda was re-elected for a second term as DNC vice-chair. He continues to serve as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Co-chair of the Democratic Caucus' New Media Working Group, and House Democratic Senior Whip.

Throughout his life, Honda has remembered the lessons he learned growing up in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. This experience came to the forefront again after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. As all Americans struggled in the aftermath of the tragedy, Honda focused on protecting civil liberties and making sure the same kind of blind discrimination he experienced would not lead to internment of Middle Eastern citizens as well. He was an original cosponsor of House Resolution 476, which condemns discrimination and bigotry against Iranian Americans.

Honda was the sponsor of House Resolution 267, which recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to society, and wishes Iranian Americans and the people of Iran a prosperous new year. Due to Honda's leadership, the Nowruz resolution passed the House of Representatives on March 15, 2010, marking the first time the U.S. Congress has officially recognized the Iranian New Year.

Honda was an original co-sponsor of H.Res.130, acknowledging the Cyrus Cylinder as a symbol of respect for human rights and commemorating the cylinder’s tour in the United States. 

Honda is the host of PAAIA’s annual Nowruz reception on Capitol Hill.  He also served as an honorary co-host of the opening reception to celebrate A Thousand Years of the Persian Book exhibition at Library of Congress in March of 2013. 

Background Information
Residence: San Jose
Marital Status: Widowed
Prev. Occupation: Teacher, Principal, Public Official
Prev. Political Exp.: San Jose School Board, 1981-90; Santa Clara Co. Board of Supervisors, 1990-96; CA Assembly, 1996-2000
Education: BS San Jose State University, 1968; BA San Jose State University, 1968; MA San Jose State University, 1973
Birthdate: 06/27/1941
Birthplace: Stockton, CA