|Oil on canvas, George and Jim Pollard, 1995, Collection of U.S.
House of Representatives.
MINETA, Norman Y., a Representative from California; born in San Jose, Santa Clara
County, Calif., November 12, 1931; attended public schools in San Jose, Heart
Mountain, Wyo., and Evanston, Ill.; graduated, San Jose High School, San Jose,
Calif., 1949; B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1953; insurance
business; served in the United States Army, 1953-1956; member of San Jose
(Calif.) human relations commission, 1962-1964; member of the board of
directors, San Jose (Calif.) housing authority, 1966-1967; San Jose, Calif.,
city councilman, 1967-1971; vice mayor of San Jose, Calif., 1968-1971; mayor,
San Jose, Calif., 1971-1974; delegate to the California State Democratic
conventions, 1971-1974; delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1972,
1976, 1980, and 1984; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress and
to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-October 10, 1995); resigned
October 10, 1995; chairman, Committee on Public Works and Transportation (One
Hundred Third Congress); Secretary of Commerce in the Cabinet of President
William J. Clinton, 2000-2001; Secretary of Transportation in the Cabinet of
President George W. Bush, 2001-2006.