Norman Y. Mineta

The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta has had a career in public service that has been both distinguished and unique. For almost thirty years Secretary Mineta represented San Jose, California, first on the City Council, then as Mayor, and finally as a member of Congress. In 2000 he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as United States Secretary of Commerce, becoming known for his work on technology issues, for achieving international cooperation and intergovernmental coordination on complex fisheries issues, and streamlining the patent and trademark process. He was appointed Secretary of Transportation by President George W. Bush, a position in which he served until 2006. Following the horrific terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Secretary Mineta guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration—an agency with more than 65,000 employees—the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II. He was also a vice president of Lockheed Martin, where he oversaw the first successful implementation of the EZ-Pass system in New York State. Currently, Secretary Mineta provides counsel and strategic advice to Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ clients on a wide range of business and political issues.

Updated October 2013 

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Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity

Keynote Address at Japanese American National Museum’s National Conference on July 6, 2013 in Seattle, Washington

You know, this evening I was originally supposed to speak here tonight in a conversation with Senator Daniel K. Inouye. But as all of us know, our community and our nation suffered a very great loss with his passing and that loss is definitely felt tonight. Of all the stories that I’ve ever heard or could tell about our great friend, Senator Dan Inouye, there is one that will always stand out in my mind. In the darkest days of World War Two, when he gained the right to be able to serve his country, Dan headed off to basic training and eventually to the battlefields of Europe. But bef…

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