Mike Honda

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Mike Honda
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U.S. House, California, District 15
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 13
Regional Whip, United States House of Representatives
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Bachelor'sSan Jose State University, 1968
Master'sSan Jose State University, 1974
BirthdayJune 27, 1941
Place of birthWalnut Creek, CA
Office website
Mike Honda (b. June 27, 1941) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 15th congressional district. Honda was first elected to the House in 2000.

Honda is running for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 17th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from his current district by redistricting.[1] The open primary election will be held on June 5, 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Honda is a "far-left Democrat".[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Honda's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1968: Graduated from San Jose State University with B.A.
  • 1974: Graduated from San Jose State University with M.A.
  • 1965-1967: United States Peace Corps
  • 1971-1981: San Jose Planning Commission
  • 1981-1990: San Jose Unified School Board
  • 1990-1996: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
  • 1997-2000: California State Assembly
  • 2001-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House


  • Appropriations Committee
  • Budget Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch


Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Mike Honda has voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 73 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[4]



See also: California's 17th congressional district elections, 2012

Honda is running for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 17th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from his current district, the 15th by redistricting. He is running against Evelyn Li (R) and Charles Richardson (Ind) in the June 5, 2012, open primary.[5]


On November 2, 2010, Honda won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Scott Kirkland in the general election.[6]

U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Honda Incumbent 67.6% 126,147
     Republican Scott Kirkland 32.4% 60,468
Total Votes 186,615

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Honda's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Honda won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Honda's campaign committee raised a total of $773,921 and spent $850,364.[7]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 15, 2010 - Mike Honda Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $773,921
Total Spent $850,364
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $66,867
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $66,867
Top contributors to Mike Honda's campaign committee
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Honeywell International$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Laborers Union$10,000
Service Employees International Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$62,912
Building Trade Unions$47,500
Public Sector Unions$30,500
Real Estate$29,400


Honda is widowed and has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Campbell
U.S. House - California District 15
Succeeded by