The San Jose Chamber of Commerce mourns the passing of Norm Mineta, a native of San Jose, former Councilmember, Mayor, Congressman and Cabinet Secretary. Secretary Mineta was a native son of our city, and his life represented our greatest values. The child of immigrants, Mineta survived an internment camp as a child, in one of the darkest moments in California and American history. From those beginnings, he became a barrier-shattering leader, who became the first Japanese American mayor in the United States, the founder of and the first Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and a transformational Secretary of Commerce and Transportation. His lifetime work improving trade relationships and public transportation have produced, and will continue producing, countless benefits for businesses of all shapes and sizes throughout San Jose, our region, and our nation.
On behalf of our Board of Directors and all the members of the San Jose Chamber, we express our deepest condolences and continued prayers to the Mineta family, and to all those touched by the towering life of Norm Mineta.