|U.S. House, California, District 17|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||14|
|Regional Whip, United States House of Representatives|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 7, 2000|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|California State Assembly|
|Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors|
|Bachelor's||San Jose State University, 1968|
|Master's||San Jose State University, 1974|
|Date of birth||June 27, 1941|
|Place of birth||Walnut Creek, CA|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Honda won 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. The open primary election took place on June 5, 2012.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Honda's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
- Appropriations Committee
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science
- Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
- 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
Honda's campaign website lists the following issues:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
Honda voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Honda won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 17th District as a Democrat. 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.
|U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Mike Honda Incumbent||67.6%||126,147|
|Mike Honda (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$340,338.35||$139,945.19||$(112,862.69)||$367,420.85|
|Pre-Primary ||May 24, 2012||$367,420.85||$44,466.24||$(67,395.82)||$344,491.27|
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.
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House, California District 15, 2010 - Mike Honda Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,000|
|Service Employees International Union||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$47,500|
|Public Sector Unions||$30,500|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Honda is 1 of 19 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings.
Percentage voting with party
Mike Honda voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 73 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.
Honda is widowed and has two children.
- Political profiles:
- Financial (federal level):
- Financial (state level):
- Interest group ratings:
- Issue positions:
- Public statements:
- Voting record:
- Media appearances:
- Media coverage:
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Gov Track "Honda" Accessed May 23, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Mike Honda," Accessed November 3, 2011
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Congressman Mike Honda, "Press release: Rep Honda Named to Key Appropriations Subcommittees," January 2013
- Campaign website, Issues
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Federal Election Commission "Mike Honda's Summary Report," Accessed July 10, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Mike Honda April Quarterly," Accessed July 10, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Mike Honda Pre-Primary," Accessed July 10, 2012
- Open Secrets "Mike Honda 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 3, 2011
- LegiStorm "Mike Honda"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Honda, (D-Cali), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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