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Michael Makoto Honda (Japanese: 本田 実, Honda Makoto, born June 27, 1941) is an Americanmarker Democratic politician. He currently serves as Congressman for California's 15th congressional district, which encompasses western San Josemarker and Silicon Valleymarker. ( map)

Background

Honda as a teacher at Sunnyvale High School
A Japanese American, Honda was born in Walnut Grove, Californiamarker in 1941 and spent his early childhood in Granada War Relocation Centermarker, an internment camp in Coloradomarker. His family became strawberry sharecroppers in Blossom Valley in San Josemarker after their return in 1953.

Honda went to Andrew P.marker Hill High Schoolmarker, but transferred and graduated from San Jose High Academy before graduating from San Jose State Universitymarker in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and Spanish and earned a master's degree in 1974. From 1965 to 1967, he served in the United States Peace Corps, working in El Salvadormarker.

Honda became a science teacher and went on to serve as the principal at two public schools.

Political career

In 1971, Honda was appointed by San Jose Mayor Norman Mineta to San Jose's Planning Commission, and won election to the San Jose Unified School Board in 1981. He was a member of the Santa Clara Countymarker Board of Supervisors (1990) and the California State Assembly (1996–2001).

Honda receives an award from the Peace Corps.
Honda won the Democratic nomination for the 15th District, which had once been represented by Mineta, in 2000 after Republican incumbent Tom Campbell made an unsuccessful bid for the United States Senate. Campbell had held the district for two full terms by fairly convincing margins despite the fact the district leaned Democratic. However, the district reverted to form in 2000, as Honda won by a convincing 12-point margin. He has been reelected five times with no substantive opposition.

From 2001 to 2006, he served as a member of the Science Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In 2007, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appointed Honda to the influential Appropriations Committee. Honda also serves as Regional Whip for Northern California and Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Rep. Honda has consistently supportedthe causes of civil rights groups, such as the NAACP and Human Rights Campaign. However, he has drawn criticism for his refusal to criticize human rights violations in China, a stand he explains by saying that he believes "things can change" in the country. Honda visited Chinamarker in 2001. Honda, however, was commended for his support of the "China Resolution" on Darfurmarker in 2007, which sought to pressure China into taking a more active role in ending the genocide in Sudanmarker.

In November 2004, Honda was among a small group of politicians and lawmakers who were invited to spend the evening with Presidential candidate John Kerry in Boston on election night.

On February 12, 2005, he was elected a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee under the chairmanship of Howard Dean. His term is expected to last until 2009.

Honda has very close ties with the Chinese-American community. On May 15, 2007, he was initiated into the San Francisco Lodge of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. He is the first regular member of the organization who is not of Chinese ancestry. In September 2008 Honda said he would return campaign donations from Norman Hsu after disclosures that authorities in California had a warrant for Hsu's arrest stemming from a 1991 fraud case.

During the 2008 electoral campaign, Honda made a Spanish-language appearance in a TV ad endorsing the reelection of Puerto Rico Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, who will go to trial after the November 2008 elections for a 24-count federal Grand Jury indictment for corruption.

On October 3, 2008, Honda voted in favor of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act.

Committee assignments



Party leadership and caucuses



Support of American Muslims

Honda has been a defender of the civil rights of American Muslims. Soon after the September 11th attacks, Honda spoke at a convention of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA) on October 2001. He told those in attendance not to change their identity or name. "My last name is Honda. You cannot be more Japanese than that." The congressman remembered what he and especially his parents had to go through when Pearl Harbormarker was attacked. "We were taken in a vehicle with windows covered, we had no idea where we were being taken." Because of that episode in his life, the congressman explained that he understood what the Muslims could be going through in America after the attack on September 11.

In the Quran Oath Controversy of the 110th United States Congress, Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) issued a letter to his constituents stating his view that Representative-elect Keith Ellison (D-MN) decision to use the Quran is a threat to "the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America...[and] I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies”.

In a letter to Rep. Goode, Rep. Honda wrote:
I was surprised and offended to hear about a constituent letter you wrote in response to Representative-elect Keith Ellison's intention to use a Koran during his ceremonial swearing in ceremony.
...it is outrageous to cast aspersions on Representative-elect Ellison purely because of his religious background.
Following the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, Muslims have been the subject of profoundly warped stereotypes in this country; stereotypes that are largely derived from a small percentage of extremist practitioners.
An entire religious group has become scapegoats for the actions of a few fanatics whose beliefs they do not subscribe to.
As one of the many Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II because of war hysteria and racial prejudice, I find it particularly offensive that you are equating Representative-elect Ellison’s beliefs with those of radical extremists and condemning him based on their actions.
In your letter, you suggested that all Muslims in this country are immigrants and that immigration laws must be changed to "preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America" by stopping Muslims from entering.
Representative-elect Ellison was born in the United States, and his family has lived here since 1742.
He was raised Catholic before becoming a Muslim during college.
The spread of ideas and philosophies cannot be stopped by barricading our borders, nor should it be.
…Instead of fearing our diversity, Americans, and Members of Congress in particular, must embrace it.
America became a great nation through the collaboration of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and other religious and ethnic groups working together to advance our culture and economy.


Comfort women

On the issue of comfort women, in 2007 Honda proposed United States House of Representatives House Resolution 121, which stated that Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner, refute any claims that the issue of comfort women never occurred, and educate current and future generations "about this horrible crime while following the recommendations of the international community with respect to the 'comfort women'." Honda has stated that "the purpose of this resolution is not to bash or humiliate Japan."

On July 30, 2007, the resolution passed through the House of Representatives after half an hour of debate in which no opposition was voiced. Honda was quoted on the floor as saying, "We must teach future generations that we cannot allow this to continue to happen. I have always believed that reconciliation is the first step in the healing process."

Electoral History

References

  1. http://www.vote-smart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can_id=BS031306&type=category&category=Civil%20Rights
  2. Peace Corps Online | November 2, 2004: Headlines: COS - El Salvador: Politics: Election2004 - Honda: Election2004 - Kerry: The Hill: Mike Honda spends election evening with Se...
  3. Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Organization - Salinas
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  5. http://anibalgobernador.com/blog/?n=129
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BtZkdpAkgc
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