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congressman , aerospace transportation executive

Norman Yoshio Mineta, consulting firm executive, former United States Secretary of Commerce and Transportation. Recipient Golden Plate award, Academy Achievement, 2005, Presidential Medal of Freedom, The White House, 2006.


Mineta, Norman Yoshio was born on November 12, 1931 in San Jose, California, United States. Son of Kay Kunisaku and Kane (Watanabe) Mineta.


Bachelor of Science, University California-Berkeley, 1953. Doctor of Public Service, Santa Clara University, 1989. HHD (honorary), Rust College, 1993.


Agent/broker Mineta Insurance Agency, San Jose, 1956-1989. Member advisory board Bank of Tokyo, California, 1961-1975. Member city council City of San Jose, 1967-1971, vice mayor, 1969-1971, mayor, 1971-1975.

Member United States Congress from 13th (now 15th) California district, 1975-1995, member subcommittee surface transportation, 1989-1992, chairman public works. & transportation committee, 1992—1995. Senior vice president, managing director transportation system & services Lockheed Martin, Washington, 1995-2000.

Secretary United States Department Commerce, 2000-2001, United States Department Transportation, Washington, 2001—2006. Vice chairman global communications consultancy Hill & Knowlton, Inc., since 2006. Senior advisory Credit Suisse, since 2008.

Chairman finance committee Santa Clara County (California) Council Churches, 1960-1962. Commissioner, San Jose Human Relations Commission, 1962-1964, San Jose Housing Authority, 1966-1967. Delegate, state convention California Democratic Party, 1971-1974, Democratic National Convention, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984.

Chairman National Civil Aviation Review Commission, 1997-2000. Board directors National ready reckoner Passenger Corporation(AMTRAK), 2001-2006. Member Homeland Security Council, 2001-2006, National Economic Council, 2001-2006, Federal Council on the Arts & Humanities, 2001-2006, National Science & Technology Council, 2001-2006, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2001-2006, Gulf Coast Recovery & Rebuilding Council, 2005-2006.

Board directors Architecture, Engineering, Consultancy, Operations & Maintenance Technology Corporation since 2007, SJW Corporation since 2008. Member advisory board Carolinks since 2006.


The ultimate goal to be attained is not only to be saved from something. The purpose God has is to be saved to something.


God, who is heard throughout the Bible, calls for justice for the widows, orphans and aliens who were oppressed by the powers of the day. Therefore the involvement in political life is something that Christians should not avoid.


As human beings people are a part of a cruel and violent and unjust world that feels like it cannot be changed. By accepting forgiveness and liberation, God enables to resist evil and to live life that can make this world a better place.


Precinct chairman Community Theater Bond Issue, 1964. Member special gifts committee Santa Clara County council Boy Scouts American, 1967. Secretary Santa Clara County Grand Jury, 1964.

Board directors Wesley Foundation, San Jose State College, 1956-1958, Pacific Neighbors, Community Council Center Santa Clara County, Japan Society, San Francisco, Santa Clara County chapter National Conference of Christians and Jews, Mexican-American Community Services Agency. Member Executive Board Northern California-Western Nev.dist. council Japanese American Citizens League, 1960-1962, president San Jose chapter, 1957-1959. Board regents Smithsonian Institution, 1979-1995.

Chairman Smithsonian visiting committee for Freer Gallery, 1981-1995. Member board regents Santa Clara U. Chairman National Civil Aviation Review Commission, 1997.

Member Smithsonian National Board, since 1996. Served to Lieutenant Army of the United States, 1954-1956. Member Greater San Jose Chamber of Commerce, National Association Industrial Insurance Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, California Association Industrial Insurance Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, San Jose Association Indiana Insurance Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (director 1960-1962), North San Jose Optimists Club (president 1956-1958), Jackson-Taylor Bus.and Professional Association (director) 1963).


Married Danealia; children: David, K., Stuart S. Stepchildren: Robert M. Brantner, Mark Brantner.

Kay Kunisaku Mineta

Kane (Watanabe) Mineta


David Mineta

K. Mineta

Stuart S. Mineta

Robert M. Brantner Mineta

Mark Brantner Mineta