The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta is recognized for his accomplishments in economic development, science and technology policy, foreign and domestic trade, the environment, budgetary issues and civil rights. Secretary Mineta served in Congress for over 20 years and in the Cabinets of both Republican and Democratic presidents. For almost thirty years he represented San Jose, California, first on the City Council, then as Mayor, and then as a Member of Congress from 1975 to 1995.
Secretary Mineta was appointed the United States Secretary of Transportation by President George W. Bush in 2001, where he served until he joined Hill & Knowlton in July 2006. Following September 11, 2001, Secretary Mineta guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration.
Among his numerous accomplishments, Secretary Mineta received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in this country, and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, awarded for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States. While in Congress, he was the co-founder of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Chair of the National Civil Aviation Review Commission in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.