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File #: 220434    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/12/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/19/2022
Title: Honoring the life and legacy of the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, who passed away on May 3, 2022, during Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22043400, 2. Signature22043400
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Honoring the life and legacy of the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, who passed away on May 3, 2022, during Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

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WHEREAS, Norman Mineta was born in San Jose, California to Japanese immigrants; the family was barred from becoming U.S. citizens under the Immigration Act of 1924 and spent several years in an internment camp during World War II; and

WHEREAS, Mineta went on to become a trailblazer for Asian Americans in public service; he was the first Asian American mayor of a major city, the first Japanese American from the mainland to be elected to Congress, and the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet; and

WHEREAS, Mineta attended the University of California, Berkley where he earned a degree in business administration; and

WHEREAS, Mineta enlisted in the U.S Army upon his graduation; he served as an intelligence officer in Japan and Korea; and

WHEREAS, Mineta entered politics in 1967 as an appointed member of the San Jose City Council; and

WHEREAS, Mineta was subsequently elected to a full term on the Council and later ran successfully to become the 59th Mayor of San Jose; and

WHEREAS, Following his time as mayor, Mineta ran successfully for a seat in the United States Congress; and

WHEREAS, In Congress, Mineta founded the Asian Pacific American Caucus and served as Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure from 1992 to 1994; and

WHEREAS, Mineta left Congress in 1995 to work in the private sector and serve on various boards and commissions; Mineta served as Vice President at the Lockheed Martin Corporation; and

WHEREAS, In 2000, Mineta made history as the first Asian American member of a presidential cabinet; he served as United States Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton; and

WHEREAS, Mineta was then appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as United States Secretary of Transportation, directing the Department's response to t...

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