Mike Honda served as the Representative for California’s 17th Congressional District in the heart of Silicon Valley, covering portions of Santa Clara and Alameda Counties. Honda’s district is the first Asian American-majority district in the continental United States. Born in Walnut Grove, CA, Honda spent his early years with his family in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II, spending the rest of his childhood in San Jose. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Jose State University.
Congressman Honda has a long history of public service, serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in El Salvador, where he became fluent in Spanish. Honda went on to become a teacher, principal, and member of the San Jose Planning Commission, San Jose Unified School Board, and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 1996, where he served until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001.
Honda served on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, including two Appropriations Subcommittees: The Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, and the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies.
Congressman Honda focused his efforts on income inequality, LGBTQ equality, environmental and technology issues. He is a champion of educational equity, working to raise awareness to the disparities in our education system.
Congressman Honda was Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, after having served as Chair for an unprecedented seven years. He was also the founder of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus and a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.