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Bob Matsui
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Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 1, 2005
Leader Nancy Pelosi
Preceded by Nita Lowey
Succeeded by Rahm Emanuel
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 1, 2005
Preceded by John E. Moss
Succeeded by Doris Matsui
Constituency 3rd district (1979–1993)
5th district (1993–2005)
Personal details
Robert Takeo Matsui

(1941-09-17)September 17, 1941
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Died January 1, 2005(2005-01-01) (aged 63)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Doris Okada
Children 1 son
Education University of California, Berkeley (BA)
University of California, Hastings (JD)

Robert Takeo Matsui (September 17, 1941–January 1, 2005) was an American politician. He was the U.S. Representative for the 5th District of California.

Matsui was born in Sacramento, California. He comes from a Japanese-American family. He is Sansei, which means that he is the grandson of people born in Japan who immigrated to the US.

After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the Matsui family was interned Tule Lake War Relocation Center in 1942.

At the University of California, Berkeley, Matsui earned a BA in political science in 1963. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in 1966.

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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