Washington, D.C. (December 18, 2010) – Yesterday, US Rep. Mike Honda (CA-15), chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, along with CAPAC executive board members, issued the following statements applauding the passage of House Resolution 1377 honoring and recognizing the contributions made by former Secretary Norman Mineta to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and to our nation.
“Norm Mineta is a champion in Silicon Valley and a national icon, and I was honored to author this resolution for my dear friend and mentor, along with Rep. Judy Chu,” said Rep. Mike Honda (CA-15), and CAPAC Chair. “As an Asian American, Norm has broken through many glass ceilings, paving the way for Asian American and Pacific Islanders to claim our full rights as Americans.
Honda said the resolution is a great reminder of what a major player Mineta has been on a national level – as Chairman of the Transportation Committee in Congress, Secretary of Commerce for President Clinton, and Secretary of Transportation for President Bush during the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.
“From his time as Mayor of San Jose to his rise to the top levels of power in Washington, D.C., Norm has remained rooted in social justice and love of country. Norm Mineta’s undying patriotism and loyalty to the United States and our Constitution is an example for all Americans,” he added.
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), CAPAC Executive Board Member, said that Secretary Mineta is a role model for Americans of every color, background and creed. She called his story one of sacrifice, hardship, dedication and triumph.
“I can think of no one more deserving for this body to honor then Secretary Mineta,” said Chu. “He is an inspiration to many, including me, and we owe a debt of gratitude for all he has done to put Asian Americans on the map. And it is because of his leadership that America is a better and stronger nation today!”
Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, CAPAC Secretary, commended Mineta for his years of public service and dedication to promoting civil rights and liberty for all Americans.
“As the founder and former chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Norm worked to inform Members of Congress of the unique challenges facing Asian Pacific Americans in our nation,” said Bordallo. “I further appreciated Norm’s work to modernize and improve our infrastructure system in America as the longest serving Secretary of Transportation. I join the CAPAC in honoring Norm’s service and accomplishments, and on behalf of the people of Guam, I wish him a sincere Un dangkulo na Si Yu’os Ma’ase.”
Texas Ninth District Congressman Al Green, CAPAC Executive Board Member, said it was with great pleasure that he honored Mineta as a former colleague in Congress.
“Former Congressman Mineta has obtained numerous respected leadership positions where he was the first Asian American to take presence in that office,” said Green. “He was the first Asian American Mayor of a major United States city where he was able to strengthen ties and provide leadership, including the leadership needed to span the racial divide.
Green said Mineta is a strong and dedicated person with the insight needed to serve all people. He said his accomplishments remind us to push ourselves to fight from total justice for the masses and social justice for all classes.
“H.Res. 1377 represents the first time Congress formally recognizes former Congressman Mineta for his accomplishments and dedication to serve our country,” he added. “I am honored that our nation will pay tribute to his greatness.”
Oregon First District Congressman David Wu, CAPAC Executive Board Member, described Mineta as a pioneering public servant, a dear friend and mentor, who has served this country and the APIA community with great distinction and unparalleled humility. He said Mineta is the first APIA mayor of a major U.S. city, the first CAPAC Chair, and the first APIA member of a presidential Cabinet.
“These milestones dot a career that has been dedicated to bettering lives through efficient transportation, expanding civil rights for all, and strengthening Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in public life,” said Wu. “I am privileged to call Norm a friend, and I thank him for his tremendous and longstanding leadership on behalf of our community.”
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Since 1994, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life. For more information please call 202-225-2631 or visit http://www.honda.house.gov/capac.