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.
Honda was one of the 19 House Members to vote against the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act (H.R. 158). He is a co-sponsor of The Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016 (H.R.4380), which would strip the discriminatory dual nationality provisions contained in HR158.
Honda is the sponsor of H.Res.156, a resolution in honor of the Iranian New Year (Nowruz). Due to Honda's leadership, the Nowruz is widely recognized on Capitol Hill. His resolution first passed the House of Representatives on March 15, 2010, marking the first time the U.S. Congress has officially recognized the Iranian New Year.
A supporter of the Iran nuclear negotiations, Honda voted in favor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 and for the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
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
Birthplace: Stockton, CA