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Rep. Mike Honda (D)

Mike Honda Contact
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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-2631

Address: 1713 LHOB, DC 20515

Websites: honda.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (408) 436-2720

Address: 900 Lafayette Street, Santa Clara CA 95050

Fremont CA

Phone: (855) 680-3759

Address: 2400 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont CA 94538

Newark CA

Phone: (855) 680-3759

Address: 6300 Civic Terrace Avenue, Newark CA 94560-3766

Mike Honda Staff
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Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Ming Hyde, Cathy
Constituent Services Director
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Maben, Meri
District Director
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Lucas, Robert
Legislative Correspondent; Online Communications and Technology Director
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Lucas, Robert
Legislative Correspondent; Online Communications and Technology Director
Patel, Vedant
Congressional Aide
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Werwa, Eric
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Maben, Meri
District Director
Milbourne, Jeff
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
Tan, Edwin
Deputy District Director
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Lucas, Robert
Legislative Correspondent; Online Communications and Technology Director
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Lucas, Robert
Legislative Correspondent; Online Communications and Technology Director
Lucas, Robert
Legislative Correspondent; Online Communications and Technology Director
Parray, Yusuf
Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Lucas, Robert
Legislative Correspondent; Online Communications and Technology Director
Patel, Vedant
Congressional Aide
Maben, Meri
District Director
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Parray, Yusuf
Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Werwa, Eric
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Werwa, Eric
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Maben, Meri
District Director
Milbourne, Jeff
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
Tan, Edwin
Deputy District Director
Milbourne, Jeff
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
Patel, Vedant
Congressional Aide
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Milbourne, Jeff
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Werwa, Eric
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Ayap, Jennie
Staff Assistant
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Gonzalez, Carlos
Lantos Humanity in Action Congressional Fellow
Loomis, Charlene
Senior Director of Operations; Scheduler
Lucas, Robert
Legislative Correspondent; Online Communications and Technology Director
Maben, Meri
District Director
Milbourne, Jeff
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
Ming Hyde, Cathy
Constituent Services Director
Oliver, Daniel
Senior Director of Operations; Scheduler
Parray, Yusuf
Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Patel, Vedant
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Rafah, Ahmad
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Scudder, Ken
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Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Tan, Edwin
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Werwa, Eric
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Suh, Joon
Senior Economic Advisor
Patel, Vedant
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Umali, Lenine
Congressional Aide
Parray, Yusuf
Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Scudder, Ken
Communications Director
Werwa, Eric
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Tan, Edwin
Deputy District Director
Loomis, Charlene
Senior Director of Operations; Scheduler
Lucas, Robert
Legislative Correspondent; Online Communications and Technology Director
Maben, Meri
District Director
Ming Hyde, Cathy
Constituent Services Director
Oliver, Daniel
Senior Director of Operations; Scheduler
Bagchi, K.J.
APAICS Congressional Fellow
Gonzalez, Carlos
Lantos Humanity in Action Congressional Fellow
Milbourne, Jeff
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
Beaudreau, Helen
Legislative Assistant
Lucas, Robert
Legislative Correspondent; Online Communications and Technology Director
Werwa, Eric
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Loomis, Charlene
Senior Director of Operations; Scheduler
Oliver, Daniel
Senior Director of Operations; Scheduler
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Mike Honda Biography
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  • Elected: 2000, 7th term.
  • District: California 17
  • Born: Jun. 27, 1941, Walnut Creek
  • Home: San Jose
  • Education:

    San Jose St. U., B.S. 1969, B.A. 1970, M.A. 1973

  • Professional Career:

    Peace Corps, 1965-67; Elem. schl. principal, 1978-90.

  • Political Career:

    San Jose Unified Sch. Bd., 1981-90; Santa Clara Cnty. Bd. of Supervisors, 1990-96; CA Assembly, 1996-2000.

  • Ethnicity: Asian/Pacific American
  • Religion:

    Protestant

  • Family: Widowed; 2 children

Democrat Mike Honda, first elected in 2000, is as liberal as any House member, but he is not as outspoken or confrontational as many of his like-minded colleagues. Instead of taking high-profile leadership roles, Honda prefers to put together coalitions for causes that might not otherwise get attention. “He really puts the K in ‘Kumbaya,’” San Jose State University political scientist Larry Gerston told the San Jose Mercury News. Read More

Democrat Mike Honda, first elected in 2000, is as liberal as any House member, but he is not as outspoken or confrontational as many of his like-minded colleagues. Instead of taking high-profile leadership roles, Honda prefers to put together coalitions for causes that might not otherwise get attention. “He really puts the K in ‘Kumbaya,’” San Jose State University political scientist Larry Gerston told the San Jose Mercury News.

Honda’s grandparents came to the United States from Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture, which served as the primary battleground for the Seinan Civil War in the 1870s (memorialized in the film The Last Samurai). Honda was born in Walnut Creek and spent 14 months during his childhood in a World War II internment camp in Colorado. In 2011, he recalled his father saying during that time “how the internment was unjust, unconstitutional, and, as a result, we just have to excel in everything we do.” His wife, Jeanne, who died of cancer in 2004, was born in Hiroshima and survived the atomic attack before immigrating to the United States several years later. Honda received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Jose State University and served two years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, where he became fluent in Spanish and gained a passion for teaching.

Honda worked as a science teacher, and then was a principal at two area elementary schools from 1978 to 1986. During that period, he also served on the San Jose Unified School Board. He was then elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. In 1996, he was elected to the California Assembly, where he worked to reduce classroom sizes and increase teacher benefits.

In 2000, Republican Rep. Tom Campbell decided to run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. At first, Honda was reluctant to run for what was then the 15th District seat, but persuasive telephone calls from several leading House Democrats and, finally, from President Bill Clinton, changed his mind. Honda won the primary overBill Peacock, a venture capitalist, 67% to 24%. His Republican opponent was Assemblyman Jim Cunneen, a Campbell protégé who was strongly supported by national GOP leaders and many Silicon Valley capitalists. Cunneen had liberal positions on cultural issues, and he tried to depict the contest as a referendum on the old economy versus the new. Honda, despite his close ties to unions, supported normal trade relations with China, a position strongly backed by the high-tech industry. He won 54%-42%, and has coasted to reelection ever since.

Honda is ranked among the most liberal House members, according to National Journal’s annual rankings. As budget task force chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, he offered a budget proposal in March 2012 calling for $2.4 trillion in job-creating investments; it was defeated 78-346. He has chaired the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which advocates for underrepresented groups on issues such as immigration. He denounced Arizona’s decision to broaden police powers to detain suspected illegal immigrants in 2010 and said centrist congressional Democrats should not fear the political consequences of tackling comprehensive immigration reform. “Leadership is not only following what constituents want, but also leading them,” he said. He helped to enact a cyber-security law that funds training and programs to protect computer data and networks.

On foreign policy, Honda opposed the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan and chaired the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ task force on that country. In 2007, with help from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he got a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee. He has focused on trying to win full funding for education programs, many of which are financed at levels well below what is called for in the enabling legislation.

An important cause for Honda is eliciting apologies for past abuses from Japan, and he has publicized the cause of American POWs in World War II who were transported on “hell ships” to work as slave laborers in Japan. In 2007, Honda won House passage of a resolution calling on Tokyo to apologize for forcing as many as 200,000 women into sexual slavery during the war. His efforts have generated controversy in Japan, and The New York Times referred to Honda as “one of the most famous American congressmen in his ancestral land.” In February 2011, he joined the call for an official U.S. apology for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which suspended Chinese immigration and made Chinese in the United States ineligible for citizenship; the House passed the resolution the following year.

Another of Honda’s passions is addressing low voter turnout in national elections, a situation he calls a “serious illness.” As vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2008 campaign, Honda crisscrossed the nation to try to spark more participation by Asian-Americans in the election. In the 2012 election, he helped make the argument that Asian-Americans should reelect President Barack Obama. “I think his style is very Asian-American, thoughtful; he doesn’t make snap decisions,” Honda said. He also sought to persuade the technology industry to give the president another term. Honda himself was reelected with 74% of the vote in the new 17th District in 2012.

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Mike Honda Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Mike Honda (D)
Votes: 159,392
Percent: 73.54%
Evelyn Li (R)
Votes: 57,336
Percent: 26.46%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Mike Honda (D)
Votes: 60,252
Percent: 66.7%
Evelyn Li (R)
Votes: 24,916
Percent: 27.58%
Charles Richardson
Votes: 5,163
Percent: 5.72%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (68%), 2008 (72%), 2006 (72%), 2004 (72%), 2002 (66%), 2000 (54%)
Mike Honda Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 91 (L) : - (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 92 (L) : - (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 94 (L) : - (C) 93 (L) : - (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 96.3 (L) : 3.7 (C) 94.5 (L) : 5.5 (C) 93.3 (L) : 6.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV100100
CFG1418
ITIC-50
NTU1618
20112012
COC13-
ACLU-92
ACU40
ADA95100
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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