Life and Times of Norman Y. Mineta

1930s
1931
Mineta Family Archives

Norman Y. Mineta is born on November 12, 1931, in San Jose, California.

1940s
1942
Mineta Family Archives, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation

Norm and his family are forcibly removed from their home in San Jose, California, and sent to Heart Mountain WWII Internment Camp in Wyoming.

1943
National Archives and Records Administration

Norm's Cub Scout troop invites a local Cody, Wyoming troop to Heart Mountain, and the lifelong friendship between Alan Simpson and Norm Mineta begins.

1946
Mineta Family Archives

The Mineta family returns home to San Jose.

1948
San Jose High School

Norm is elected student body president at San Jose High School.

1950s
1952
Mineta Family Archives

Norm graduates from UC Berkeley with a major in business.

1953
Mineta Family Archives

Norm serves as an intelligence officer for the U.S. Army in the Korean War.

1956
Mineta Family Archives

Norm returns home from war and joins his father in the family insurance business.

1960s
1967
History San Jose

Norm is the first non-white member appointed to San Jose City Council.

1970s
1971
Bridge Media, Inc.

Norm is the first Asian American to become Mayor of a major U.S. city.

1975
Mineta Family Archives

Norm is the first Japanese American member of Congress elected from the lower 48 states. He would win his election 10 times and serve 21 years in Congress.

1980s
1988
Densho

HR 442, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, is passed and signed by President Reagan—HR 442 becomes the most important legislation authored by Norm during his entire career.

1990s
1991
Kevin Stillman/TxDOT

ISTEA (The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act) authored by Norm is signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. ISTEA created a national transportation system for highways and mass transit programs.

2000s
2000
Mineta Family Archives

President Bill Clinton selects Norm as Secretary of Commerce, becoming the first Asian American Cabinet Member.

2001
Mineta Family Archives

Norm is sworn in as Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush, becoming the first Asian American to serve in two Presidential Cabinets.

2001
National Archives and Records Administration

In 2 hours and 20 minutes, Secretary Mineta orders 4,638 planes to be grounded. In the following days, Norm ensures the American people that there will be no racial profiling at security check points at airports.

2001
Bridge Media, Inc.

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is dedicated.

2006
George W. Bush Presidential Archives

Presented by President Bush, Norm receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

2007
Embassy of Japan

Norm is recognized by the government of Japan and awarded the Grand Cordon, Order of the Rising Sun.

2018

Norm currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Deni. He continues to mentor aspiring political leaders and holds speaking engagements across the country and internationally.