Robert Matsui

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Robert Matsui

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.[1]

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.[2]

After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the Matsui family was interned Tule Lake War Relocation Center in 1942.[3]

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.[2]

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  1. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Matsui, Robert Takeo (1941-2005)"; retrieved 2012-12-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Biography of Robert Takeo Matsui (1941-2005)" at California State University, Sacramento; retrieved 2012-12-2.
  3. Official biography, originally published at, retrieved from on January 9, 2007

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