Michael Honda

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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Michael Makoto Honda, a Democrat, has repesented the Fifteenth Congressional District of California, in the U. S. House of Representatives since 2001.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Honda voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Investigation surrounding Pat Tillman's death

In March 2007, Rep Honda (D-Calif.) demanded that the Department of Defense release an internal report regarding the handling of Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire. If they did not release the report, Honda threatened to launch a congressional investigation. The family was not notified that the death was caused by friendly fire until five weeks had passed. A leak of the Department of Defense report suggested that four generals were criticized for their handling of the incident.[2]

Student Privacy Protection Act

In both the 109th and 110th congresses, Rep. Honda sponsored the Student Privacy Protection Act of 2007. Currently, students and parents have the right to "opt out" from their school providing their names, addresses, and phone numbers to the Pentagon for military recruitment. However, the opt-out notices are often buried deep within student handbooks, or are not provided to students and parents in the first place.

Rep. Honda's bill would change from an "opt out" model to an "opt in" arrangement, whereby military recruiters may only obtain contact information for students whose parent has provided written consent.[3]

Norman Hsu campaign donations

Upon hearing revelations of Norman Hsu's fugitive status, Minnesota Representative Mike Honda decided to give the $1,000 he received in contribution funds to charity.[4]

Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans

Honda cosponsored The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act in the 110th Congress which would establish a commission that would determine the facts and circumstances involving the relocation, internment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans.[5]

Main article: Redress for Japanese Latin Americans/ U.S. legislation#Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act of 2007


A Japanese American, Honda was born on June 27, 1941 in Walnut Grove, California and spent his early childhood in an internment camp in Colorado. His family became strawberry sharecroppers in Blossom Valley in San Jose after their return in 1953.

He graduated from San Jose State University 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 Salvador.

A science teacher, he served as the principal at two public schools. 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 County Board of Supervisors (1990) and the California State Assembly (1996-2001).

Honda was elected to the U.S. House 2000, succeeding Republican Tom Campbell.

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

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Raymond Lemmy Chukwu to face Honda in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Honda retained his seat.

Money in Politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Integral Communities$ 20,400
American Federation of Teachers$ 15,000
Cisco Systems$ 14,750
League of Conservation Voters$ 13,240
Asian American Action Fund$ 11,500
Allied Telesis$ 11,250
JStreetPAC$ 11,100
University of California$ 10,900
National Education Assn$ 10,850
Arcata Assoc$ 10,750
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Michael Honda
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

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Wikipedia also has an article on Michael Honda. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 1713 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2631 Fax: 202-225-2699
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District offices
  • 1999 South Bascom Avenue Suite 815 Campbell, CA 95008
    Ph: 408-858-8085 Fax: (none entered)
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Mike Honda posts on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RepMikeHonda/

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See also


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Klaus Marre, "Honda threatens Pentagon with hearings on Pat Tillman’s death," The Hill, March 24, 2007.
  3. OpenCongress: H.R.1346
  4. Jim Kuhnhenn, "Clinton to give away fundraiser's cash," AP News via Talking Points Memo, August 29, 2007.

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