Congressman Mike Honda, Vice Chair, Democratic National Committee
When: Sunday, September 9, 2012, 1:30 – 4:30 pm.
Program begins at 2:45pm.
Where: Friends of Children with Special Needs
2300 Peralta Blvd., Fremont, CA, 94536
Cost: $30 BBQ, $10 Student rate, Children under 18 free admission
Sponsor $100 (includes 1 ticket) $200 (includes 2 tickets)
Levels: $500 (includes 5 tickets) $1000 (includes 10 tickets)
Parking: Parking lot behind FCSN or along Peralta Blvd.
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APA Democratic Caucus membership available at the door or pay now by check or credit card by completing and mailing in the attached form. APA Caucus BBQ Sept 9 2012
*** A general board meeting is scheduled for 12:00 PM prior to the picnic ***
Congressman Mike Honda Biography
U.S. Congressman Michael Honda has represented the 15th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives for a decade. In Congress, Rep Honda is a member of the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committees, Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Co-chair of the Democratic Caucus’ New Media Working Group, House Democratic Senior Whip and the original author of the Equity and Excellence Commission now housed in the US Department of Education.
Mike’s district includes Silicon Valley, the birthplace of technology innovation and now the country’s leading developer of green technology. Mike has dedicated his life to public service and is lauded for his work on education, civil rights, national service, immigration, transportation, the environment, and high-tech issues.
Serving as a California State Assemblymember, Santa Clara County Board Supervisor, San Jose Planning Commissioner, San Jose Unified School Board Member, Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador, and with over 30 years in education as a teacher, principal and school board member, Mike’s commitment to serving the people of California’s 15th district is unwavering and unparalleled.
Mike was born in California, but spent his early childhood with family in an internment camp in Colorado during World War II. Mike’s father served in the Military Intelligence Service, while his mother, who is still living, served as a fulltime homemaker. His family returned to California in 1953, becoming strawberry sharecroppers in San José’s Blossom Valley.
In 1965, Mike answered President John F. Kennedy’s call for volunteer service, enrolled in the Peace Corps for two years in El Salvador and returned fluent in Spanish and with a passion for teaching.
Mike earned Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Spanish and a Master’s degree in Education from San José 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.
Mike is currently the Chairman Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) after spending seven years as Chairman. He continues his past work of coordinating with his colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucuses to champion the causes of under-represented communities by promoting social justice, racial tolerance, civil rights and voting rights. Additionally, as Co-Chair of the House LGBT Caucus, Mike authored immigration legislation to reunite all families, regardless of orientation.