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T&I Committee is considering a bill to honor him

the DOT building to be named

the Norman Yoshio Mineta Building

Congress, for good and bad reasons, is frequently the target of criticism. Today, the institution received a smile from a higher authority when Chairman DeFazio introduced

DeFazio's bill

Naming the US Department of Transportation headquarters after DOT Secretary and House Transportation & Infrastructure leader Norman Y. Mineta was brilliant and GOOD. Norm’s leadership in both positions was thoughtful, inclusive, practical, not divisive, driven by good policy analysis, creative and intelligent. His genuinely  warm, incredibly engaging, interested (he still remembers a young man he met 5 decades ago) interesting and caring personality created  an unequaled sphere of influence among the Members of Congress and within the Executive Branch. Mostly, Norm is a great guy!!!

Norm and Deni at WH to receive P{residential Medal of Freedom


Chair DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Name the Department of Transportation After Secretary Norman Yoshio Mineta

Norman Yoshi Mineta Building

Washington, DC—Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced legislation to name the federal building located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue Southeast in Washington, DC, which houses the U.S. Department of Transportation, as the “Norman Yoshio Mineta Federal Building.”
In introducing this bill, Chair DeFazio said: Secretary Mineta is a great American patriot who has continuously answered the call of public service. As the longest serving Secretary of Transportation and also a Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I can think of no one who makes more sense to name the Department of Transportation’s headquarters in Washington, DC other than Secretary Mineta.

portraits as Secretary and T&I Chair

As the child of immigrants whose family suffered the grave injustice of being sent to an internment camp during World War II, Secretary Mineta has been a true trailblazer throughout his career, including serving as Mayor of San Jose, California, 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and on the presidential cabinet of two presidents from different political parties—Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. His personal history and legacy of striving to make our nation fairer and more just for all will be an inspiration to all who walk through the doors at the U.S. Department of Transportation. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get this bill signed into law.”



Wyoming internment camp and SJC airport 

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  1. A great proposal….

  2. A wonderful idea. Well deserved by Norm who for so many years did so much for aviation and transportation broadly. It should pass.

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