Norman Mineta obituary: first Asian-American cabinet secretary dies at 90 – What We Know!

Norman Mineta grew to become the primary Asian-American cupboard secretary when President Invoice Clinton appointed him Secretary of Commerce in 2000. 

Pioneering Asian-American cupboard secretary  

Norman Mineta was a toddler of Japanese immigrants who frolicked along with his household within the Coronary heart Mountain World Battle II internment camp in Wyoming. He was a councilman in San Jose, California, and have become the primary Japanese American mayor of the town in 1971. He was elected to Congress in 1975 and served for 20 years. In 2000, President Clinton appointed him as Secretary of Commerce to exchange William Daley. President George W. Bush then appointed Mineta to be the Secretary of Transportation, changing into the primary cupboard member to change from a Democratic to a Republican administration. After the September 11 assaults, he organized the creation of the TSA to take over aviation safety.  

Notable Quote

“My household was advised by the army authorities that internment was for our personal safety, however the machine weapons and searchlights within the guard towers surrounding Coronary heart Mountain, our internment camp in northern Wyoming, confronted inward.” “Merely put, we have been incarcerated solely due to our ethnic background.” – He wrote in an essay within the New York Instances in 1983.  

Tributes to Norman Mineta 

Full Obituary: New York Instances

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