As one of the few Asian American and Pacific Islander members in Congress, Mike Honda has represented the 15th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than a decade. Honda was born in California, but during World War II, he spent his early childhood with family at Camp Amache, a Japanese-American concentration camp in Colorado. Honda earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Spanish, and a Master’s degree in Education from San Jose University. Previous to serving as a House member, he was a science teacher and served as a principal at two public schools. Currently, Honda is serving his 7th year as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, addressing the needs of the community and coordinating with the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucuses to further the causes of under-represented minority communities by promoting racial tolerance, civil rights, and social rights. He continues to be a prominent voice from securing compensation for Filipino WWII veterans to supporting the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.