Mike Honda

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Mike Honda
Mike Honda.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 15
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 14
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
Date of birthJune 27, 1941
Place of birthWalnut Creek, CA
Office website
Campaign 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 won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 17th District as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from his current district by redistricting.[2] The open primary election took place on June 5, 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Honda is a "far-left Democrat".[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Honda's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 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


Campaign themes


Honda's campaign website lists the following issues:[5]

  • Environment
Excerpt: "Protecting our open spaces and California’s sacred wilderness is more than sound public policy- it's an obligation. I also believe that environmental protection is more than preserving the wilderness far away from communities. In Congress, I have fought to protect our daily environment - our tap water, the air that surrounds us, the parks and trails in populated areas, and most importantly, I will continue fighting to ensure that new schools are constructed in safe, non-polluted locations."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Healthcare is an inalienable human right that permeates every aspect of our lives, and affects our capacity to live, work and succeed. It is our responsibility to ensure that all Americans, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, and ability are given access to quality affordable care."
  • Education
Excerpt: "In the 21st Century, the competition for jobs and for a stake in the world marketplace will be won by the young people who are best educated. In Silicon Valley, perhaps more than in any other part of the country, we must commit ourselves to providing our students with the very best education we can give them."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Responsibilities come hand in hand with opportunity. High-tech, high-wage jobs mean nothing if our commutes are daily doses of gridlock. We must construct infrastructure that facilitates access to public transit, including better roads, intermodal transit stations, and expanded carpool rides."
  • High-Tech
Excerpt: "I've lived and worked in this district for nearly my entire life. I've watched its remarkable transformation from Blossom Valley to Silicon Valley. In that time, we have done nothing less than change the way the world does business. With this remarkable success comes great responsibility. We must continue to grow and expand our new economy, and we must continue to be leaders in the field of innovation."



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

Honda won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 17th District as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from the 15th district by redistricting. He and Evelyn Li (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Charles Richardson (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[6][7]


On November 2, 2010, Honda won re-election to the United States House. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Scott Kirkland in the general election.[8]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Honda's reports.[9]

Mike Honda (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$340,338.35$139,945.19$(112,862.69)$367,420.85
Pre-Primary [11]May 24, 2012$367,420.85$44,466.24$(67,395.82)$344,491.27
Running totals


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.[12]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Honda paid his congressional staff a total of $1,198,912 in 2011. He ranks 179th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 14th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranks 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Honda's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $369,010 and $910,000. That averages to $639,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[14]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Mike Honda voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 73 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[15]


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