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Norman Y. Mineta

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Born: 12 November 1931

Former United States Secretary of Transportation from 2001-2006.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Norman Mineta page on 27 June 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Norman Yoshio Mineta is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, Mineta most recently served in President George W. Bush's Cabinet as the United States Secretary of Transportation, the only Democratic Cabinet Secretary in the Bush administration. On June 23, 2006, Mineta announced his resignation after more than five years as Secretary of Transportation, effective July 7, 2006, making him the longest-serving Transportation Secretary in the Department's history. On July 10, 2006, Hill & Knowlton, a public relations firm, announced that Mineta would join it as a partner. On August 10, 2010, it was announced that Mineta would join L&L Energy, Inc as Vice Chairman.

Mineta also served as President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Commerce for the last six months of his term (July 2000–January 2001). With the exception of a span of five days between the end of Clinton's term and Bush's appointments, Mineta spent nearly six full years as a Cabinet member.

Mineta was born in San Jose, California, to Japanese immigrant parents who were not allowed to become U.S. citizens at that time due to the Asian Exclusion Act. During World War II, the Mineta family was interned for several years at "Area 24, 7th Barrack, Unit B" in the Heart Mountain internment camp near Cody, Wyoming, along with thousands of other Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans. Upon arrival to the camp, Mineta, a baseball fan, had his baseball bat confiscated by authorities because it could be used as a weapon. Many years later, after Mineta was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, a Los Angeles man sent Mineta a $1,500 bat that was once owned by Hank Aaron, which Mineta was forced to send back as it violated the House ban on accepting gifts valued over $250. Mineta was quoted as saying, "The damn government's taken my bat again".

While detained in the camp, Mineta, a Boy Scout, met fellow Scout Alan K. Simpson, future U.S. Senator from Wyoming, who often visited the Scouts in the internment camp with his troop. The two became, and have remained, close friends and political allies.

He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley's School of Business Administration (since named in honor of Walter A. Haas, Sr.) in 1953 with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Mineta joined the U.S. Army and served as an intelligence officer in Japan and Korea. He then joined his father in the Mineta Insurance Agency.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
12 February 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Marks National Child Passenger Safety Week, Urges Parents to Buckle Up Children CorrectlyNHTSA
14 February 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Results of Seat Belt StudyNHTSA
15 February 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Grants of $38.2 Million to Increase Seat Belt UseNHTSA
20 February 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $8.53 Million In Grants to States, Territories to Improve Traffic RecordsNHTSA
20 February 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Final Rule to Permit Safe Modification Of Vehicles For People With DisabilitiesNHTSA
27 March 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces New Internet-Based Service For Child Safety Seat InformationNHTSA
10 April 2001Remarks for Norman Y. Mineta, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, The Century Council – MADD Press ConferenceNorman Y. Mineta
15 May 2001Remarks Prepared for Secretary Mineta, Society of Automotive Engineers 2001 Government/Industry MeetingNorman Y. Mineta
21 May 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Urges Seat Belt, Child Seat UseNHTSA
26 May 2001Remarks for Secretary Mineta, 13th Annual Tour de Sol Awards CeremonyNorman Y. Mineta
6 June 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Implements President’s Order on Mexican Ownership Of U.S. CarriersU.S. Department of Transportation
3 July 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Analysis of Motorcycle Fatalities, Safety PlanNHTSA
17 July 2001Remarks for Secretary Mineta, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) National Press ConferenceNorman Y. Mineta
7 August 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Commends Southeastern Region for Boosting Seat Belt UseNHTSA
20 August 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $76.75 Million in Incentive Grants To 27 States, D.C., Puerto Rico for .08 BAC LawsNHTSA
24 September 2001Secretary Mineta Announces Progress, Setbacks for Highway Safety in 2000NHTSA
15 October 2001U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta Announces Grants to Increase Seat Belt UseNHTSA
27 November 2001Kick Off Luncheon and Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Presidential Commission on Drunk DrivingNorman Y. Mineta
18 December 200110th Anniversary Celebration of the National Scenic Byways ProgramNorman Y. Mineta
18 January 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Grants of $44.4 Million to Increase Seat Belt UseNHTSA
26 March 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Grant to Massachusetts For Education on Child Passenger SafetyNHTSA
26 March 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Grant to Pennsylvania For Education on Child Passenger SafetyNHTSA
12 April 2002Secretary Mineta Hails Opening of Alameda Corridor As Key Intermodal Facility for Boosting Economy, Enhancing Safety, MobilityFederal Highway Administration
17 April 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $4.96 Million for New MexicoFederal Highway Administration
22 April 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Marks Earth Day with Grants for Scenic BywaysFederal Highway Administration
25 April 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Funds for Hoan Bridge RepairFederal Highway Administration
28 April 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $8.8 Million in Grants for IowaFederal Highway Administration
29 April 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $2.9 Million Grant for US 212 in MinnesotaFederal Highway Administration
13 May 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $11 Million Grant to Improve Safety, Reduce Congestion On 14th Street Bridges in National Capital AreaFederal Highway Administration
15 May 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Grant To Indiana For Education on Child Passenger SafetyNHTSA
20 May 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Launches Largest-Ever Law Enforcement Mobilization for Traffic SafetyNHTSA
4 June 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Successful Test of New Technology To Secure Cargo Movement in U.S. PortsFHWA
13 June 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Names 36 New National Scenic Byways, All-American RoadsFederal Highway Administration
29 July 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $917 Million Loan For Central Texas Turnpike ProjectFederal Highway Administration
31 July 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Invites Americans To Comment on Future Surface Transportation ProgramsFHWA
5 August 2002Transportation Secretary Mineta Names Capka To Serve as FHWA Deputy AdministratorFederal Highway Administration
13 September 2002U. S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $90.4 Million in Incentive Grants To 31 States, D.C., Puerto Rico for .08 BAC LawsNHTSA
3 October 2002Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces New Database to Help Public, Private Sectors Analyze and Plan for Growing Freight MovementFHWA
8 October 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $49 Million in Federal Grants to States To Deter Impaired Driving, Increase Seat Belt UseNHTSA
22 November 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $50.47 Million in Grants to Increase Seat Belt UseNHTSA
25 November 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Start of Law Enforcement Mobilization for Highway SafetyNHTSA
13 December 2002U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Proposal to Improve Fuel Economy Standards For Model Year 2005-2007 Light TrucksNHTSA
12 February 2003U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mineta Announces Successful ITS Operational Test for Intermodal FreightFHWA
13 March 2003Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces New State Freight Profiles To Assist State and Local Groups to Examine Freight MovementsFHWA
21 March 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Grants of $40.7 Million to Increase Safety Belt UseNHTSA
31 March 2003U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mineta Announces AMBER Grant Program to Fight Child AbductionFHWA
2 April 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $10 Million in Funding for ITS Partnership with FloridaFHWA
21 April 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $24 Million in Scenic Byways Grants for 42 StatesFHWA
12 May 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Launches Massive Law Enforcement Mobilization for Traffic SafetyNHTSA
23 May 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $140 Million Loan For SR 125 South Toll Road, Salutes California Public-Private PartnershipFHWA
13 June 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Welcomes Cox as NHTSA's Deputy AdministratorNHTSA
16 June 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $693 Million for States in Highway Discretionary FundsFHWA
19 June 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Unveils $11 Million Campaign to Reduce Drinking and DrivingNHTSA
24 June 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Opening Of Crash-Preventing "Intelligent Intersection" Test FacilityFHWA
8 July 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $35 Million for States in Highway Discretionary FundsFHWA
25 August 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Record-Level Safety Belt UseNHTSA
12 September 2003U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Cites Benefits Of Innovative Financing At Groundbreaking for SR 125 South ProjectFHWA
1 October 2003U. S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $57 Million in Federal Grants to States To Deter Impaired Driving, Increase Safety Belt UseNHTSA
3 October 2003U. S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $86.4 Million in Incentive Grants To States, Others With Tougher Drunk Driving LawsNHTSA
26 February 2004Secretary Mineta Urges Congress to Protect America's Byways By Passing a Six-Year Surface Transportation BillFHWA
19 April 2004U. S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $33 Million in Federal Grants to States To Deter Impaired Driving, Increase Safety Belt UseNHTSA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $2.2 Million for Arkansas Highway, Recreation ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $3.5 Million for Wisconsin Highway ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $3.8 for Minnesota Transportation ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $5.3 Million for Michigan Transportation ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $6.4 Million for Colorado Highway, Bridge Projects/a>FHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $6.9 Million for Ohio Highway, Bridge ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $7.4 Million for Florida Highway, Bridge ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $8.2 Million for Pennsylvania Highway and Bridge ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $9.5 Million for Texas Highway and Bridge ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $10 Million for West Virginia Highway, Bridge ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $10.5 Million for Kentucky Highway, Bridge ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $11.2 Million for Missouri Highway, Bridge ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $18.4 Million for Washington Highway, Bridge ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $20.2 Million for California Highway, Bridge ProjectsFHWA
4 May 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $20.6 Million for Alabama Highway ProjectsFHWA
12 May 2004U.S. DOT Proposes Tougher Standard To Protect Occupants in Side-Impact CrashesNHTSA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $42,200 for Louisiana's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $50,000 for Iowa's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $67,884 for West Virginia's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $74,000 for Maine's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $93,400 for Arkansas' Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $100,000 for Colorado's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $100,000 for Ohio's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $111,807 for New Mexico's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $124,960 for Minnesota's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $125,000 for Illinois' Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $148,730 for Missouri's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $191,500 for Arizona's Scenic Byways ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $242,654 for Indiana's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $884,749 for Florida's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $1.9 Million for Washington's Scenic Byway ProgramFHWA
2 June 2004U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $15 Million in Grants for 104 Scenic Byways ProjectsFHWA
2 March 2005U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Innovative Loan To Help Launch Central Texas TurnpikeFHWA
6 March 2006U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $22 Million In Grants For 207 Scenic Byways ProjectsFHWA
20 April 2006Transportation Secretary Mineta Calls Highway Fatalities National Tragedy, Says All Americans Can Do More to Improve Road SafetyNHTSA
23 June 2006Statement on the Resignation of Norman Y. Mineta as Secretary of TransportationPresident George W. Bush


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