|Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee|
January 3, 2003 – January 1, 2005
|Preceded by||Nita Lowey|
|Succeeded by||Rahm Emanuel|
|Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
January 3, 1979 – January 1, 2005
|Preceded by||John E. Moss|
|Succeeded by||Doris Matsui|
|Constituency||3rd district (1979–1993)
5th district (1993–2005)
Robert Takeo Matsui
September 17, 1941
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Died||January 1, 2005
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
|Education||University of California, Berkeley (BA)
University of California, Hastings (JD)
After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the Matsui family was interned Tule Lake War Relocation Center in 1942.
Matsui was the second Japanese American from the U.S. mainland elected to the US Congress. Also, he was the first Sansei congressman.
Matsui entered Bethesda Naval Hospital on December 24, 2004 with pneumonia.It was a complication from Myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare stem cell disorder that causes an inability of the bone marrow to produce blood products, such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. He died of pneumonia on January 1, 2005
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