Institute for Corean-American Studies


Mike Honda
California State Assemblyman

Biographic Sketch


Mike Honda was born in California and has lived in Santa Clara County for over 40 years. His family returned to San Jose in 1953 after being interned during World War II.

While in college, Mike interrupted his studies to answer President Kennedy's call for service in the newly created Peace Corps. After serving for two years in El Salvador, Mike returned to San Jose State University and earned a B.S. in Biology, a B.A. in Spanish, and an M.A. in Education.

Mike is committed to strengthening families and communities. Through his impassioned work as a teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal, and Administrator, Mike enriched the education of the disadvantaged and established programs for high achievers.

Mike served on the San Jose Unified School Board from 1981 until 1990. In 1990, Mike was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and was re-elected in 1994.

As Supervisor, Mike instituted welfare reforms which saved taxpayers $2.5 million annually. Mike spearheaded the effort to fast-track the funding and construction of the Lexington Overpass on Highway 17, and fought for safety improvements along Highway 152. Additionally, Mike championed environmental issues. He established the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and protected hillsides from development.

In 1996, Mike Honda was elected to the State Assembly; he was re-elected in 1998. Mike Honda represents San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley, and unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.

Mike Honda is Chair of the Public Safety Committee, and is a member of the Education Committee, Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security (PERSS) Committee.

Mike's legislative priorities in the Assembly are in the areas of education, highway safety, domestic violence prevention, and economic development.

Mike is married to Jeanne, who teaches at Baldwin Elementary School in San Jose. They have two children, Mark and Michelle.


ICAS Web Site Links for Mike Honda:

California Assembly Joint Resolution 27


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