Eshoo Statement on Passing of Secretary Norman Mineta

May 4, 2022
Press Release

PALO ALTO, CA Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) released the following statement on the passing of Secretary Norman Mineta:

“Yesterday, I lost a dear friend, a mentor and a colleague, and our country lost a compassionate leader, a civil rights champion and a good and great man who served his country in the military, in Congress, and as a cabinet secretary in two administrations. Norm Mineta was a hero in Silicon Valley and beyond, and I’m proud to have worked with him and proud to have been his friend.

“Norm Mineta held a great love of his country. Despite being interned during World War II, he wasn’t consumed by bitterness. His life was one of firsts; the first Asian-American mayor of a major city, his hometown of San Jose, California; the first Japanese-American from the contiguous 48 states to serve in Congress; the first Japanese-American cabinet secretary and many more.

“Among his many contributions to our nation was the key role he played in the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided reparations and apology to those interned during the war. It was fitting that he was honored during his life by the naming of the San Jose International Airport in his honor, and by the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by President George W. Bush. He was highly regarded for his calm leadership in the hours and days after the attacks of 9/11, when he grounded all air traffic in the U.S. in a little more than two hours, and for the formation of the Transportation Security Administration.

“Norman Mineta made our country better and stronger and I will miss him dearly. May the prayers of so many be a source of comfort to his beloved Deni and his sons Stuart and David.”