June 14, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Norman Mineta

Norman Mineta

From the Library of Congress

Norman Yoshio Mineta (1931-2022) had a long and influential history in American politics and was a proponent of restitution for Japanese American families who were incarcerated during World War II. In 1971, Mineta was elected the first Japanese American mayor for his hometown of San Jose, California. He would later serve as a member of the House of Representatives for over twenty years, as the 33rd Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce from 2000 to 2001, and as the 14th Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2006. During his tenure he oversaw the Coast Guard’s response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Norman Y. Mineta 1975-1997

Oral history interview with Norman Mineta

“Norman Y. Mineta: A Boy from San Jose” Part I Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

“Norman Y. Mineta: A Boy from San Jose” Part II Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

Oral History Reflections of Norman Mineta and Alan Simpson National WWII Museum

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Video recordings

Remembering Norman Mineta Minerva’s Kaleidoscope May 16, 2022

Norman Y. Mineta biography United States House of Representatives History, Art & Archives

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