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El Salvador RPCV Mike Honda appointed Deputy Chair of Democratic National Committee

Mike Honda on his way to a press conference in front of the Capitol.

Read and comment on this Press Release from the Democratic National Committee that El Salvador RPCV Mike Honda has been appointed one of the three Deputy Chairs of the Democratic National Committee. U.S. Rep. Mike Honda represents California's 15th district. Born in California, he spent his early childhood with his family in an internment camp in Colorado during World War II. As a youth in the Peace Corps, he built health clinics in El Salvador.

As an RPCV he is a strong supporter of the Peace Corps and was one of the co-sponsors of the "Peace Corps for the 21st Century Act" that passed the House of Representatives this year. Read the story at:

DNC Chairman McAuliffe Announces Appointments of U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, Ben Johnson, and Susan Turnbull as DNC Deputy Chairs*

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DNC Chairman McAuliffe Announces Appointments of U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, Ben Johnson, and Susan Turnbull as DNC Deputy Chairs

Washington, D.C. -- Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe today announced the appointments of former White House advisor Ben Johnson, U.S. Rep. Mike Honda and DNC Women's Caucus Chair Susan Turnbull as Deputy Chairs of the DNC.

"I couldn't be more proud of the diverse leadership team we have assembled at the Democratic National Committee," McAuliffe said. "Our new DNC Deputy Chairs bring a broad range of experience and passion for promoting the ideals of the Democratic Party."

U.S. Rep. Mike Honda represents California's 15th district, a very diverse district containing the largest Asian Pacific American population of any congressional district in the continental U.S. Born in California, he spent his early childhood with his family in an internment camp in Colorado during World War II. As a youth in the Peace Corps, he built health clinics in El Salvador. After returning from abroad, he served his community as a teacher and principal in public schools. Rep. Honda currently serves on the House Science and Transportation Committees, and as Vice-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

"Congressman Honda is a great asset to the DNC," McAuliffe said. "He will be instrumental in reaching out to the Asian Pacific American community nationwide, and educating them the negative impact of the Bush administration on the APA community. As a Congressman fluent in Spanish and committed to social justice, tolerance and civil rights, he will help us build bridges across many constituencies."

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Biography of Mike Honda

Mike Honda represents the 15th Congressional District of California in the U.S. of Representatives. His district encompasses the area known throughout the world as Silicon Valley, the birthplace of technology innovation and the leading region for the development of the technologies of tomorrow. Mike has been a public servant for decades during which he has been lauded for his work on education, transportation, civil rights, the environment, and the high-tech community.

Mike was born in California, but spent his early childhood with his family in an internment camp in Colorado during World War II. His family returned to California in 1953, becoming strawberry sharecroppers in Blossom Valley in San Jose.

In 1965, Mike interrupted his college studies to answer President John F. Kennedy's call for volunteer service. He served in the Peace Corps for two years, where he built schools and health clinics in El Salvador. Mike returned from the Peace Corps with a passion for teaching, and fluent in Spanish.

Mike earned bachelor's degrees in Biological Sciences and Spanish, and a master's degree in Education from San Jose State University. In his career as an educator, Mike was a science teacher, served as a principal at two public schools and conducted educational research at Stanford University.

In 1971, Mike was appointed by San Jose Mayor Norm Mineta to San Jose's Planning Commission. In 1981, Mike won his first election, gaining a seat on the San Jose Unified School Board.

In 1990, Mike was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. As a Supervisor, Mike led efforts to establish the Open Space Authority, whose mission is the preservation of open space. He also took the lead in women's health care issues such as raising awareness of breast cancer, and convening a women's health conference. He passed landmark welfare reforms that have saved millions of dollars for the county.

Mike was elected to the California Assembly in 1996 and was re-elected in 1998. As an Assemblymember, Mike worked with Governor Gray Davis to draft landmark education reforms - including smaller class size and increases in teachers' benefits. As Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Mike worked to pass sensible gun safety legislation to keep guns out of the hands of juveniles and voted to ban assault weapons. Mike was awarded "High-Tech Legislator of the Year" by the American Electronics Association for his strong advocacy for the high-tech economy. He fought for legislation to augment the research and development tax credit and worked to eliminate taxes on graduate school tuition paid by employers.

In 2000, Mike was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Mike serves the House Committee on Science, and on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

Mike is dedicated to passing a responsible budget that pays down our national debt, and revitalizes our economy, while protecting top priorities such as Social Security, Medicare, and public education. As a member of the influential Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Mike is working hard to make sure the Silicon Valley gets its fair share of federal transportation funding to make the daily commute safer and more efficient for the residents of our fast-growing region.

As a Congressman for Silicon Valley, Mike is taking a leading role in bringing Democrats and Republicans together to better understand technology issues. In this vein, Mike has formed a bi-partisan Wireless Task Force to enable Congress to better understand and support innovative technologies for next generation wireless deployment.

Mike has been selected by his Democratic colleagues to serve as the Regional Whip for Northern California, Hawaii, American Samoa and Guam. As Regional Whip, Mike works with the Democratic Leadership by communicating legislative priorities and strategies to members within his region. Mike also serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and continues to be a strong voice for the cause of social justice, tolerance and civil rights.

Mike is married and has two grown children. His wife, Jeanne, is a teacher at Baldwin Elementary School in San Jose. His son, Mark, is an aerospace engineer and Michelle, his daughter, recently earned a master's degree in Public Health.

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