Robert Matsui

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Robert Matsui

Radical staffers

Diane Tomoda was active in the political world having previously worked for the late Congressman Robert Matsui and former Governor Gray Davis.[1]

Julie Padilla worked as an intern in Congressman Robert Matsui's Washington D.C. office.

East Wind notice


In 1989 Congressman Robert Matsui, his wife Doris Matsui and Brian Matsui placed a congratulatory notice in the League of Revolutionary Struggle's East Wind on the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.[2]

Dream of Equality awardee

Robert Matsui is a past recipient of Asian Americans for Equality's annual Dream of Equality award.[3]

Normal Trade Relations with Laos

Two major obstacles in the extension of Normal Trade Relations with Laos were removed in September 2003. On the 20th the United States and Laos signed the Bilateral Trade Agreement, which was initialed in 1998. The formal signing, which was necessary in order for Congress to act on NTR, took place in Vientiane between Laos Trade Minister Sulivong Daravong and US Ambassador Douglas Hartwick. On September 29 Representative Betty McCollum introduced H.R. 3195, to extend NTR treatment to products of the LPDR, and the bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for action. The legislation was co-sponsored by Robert Matsui. Both McCollum and Matsui represent districts (in Minnesota and California, respectively) with significant percentages of Laotian-American and Hmong-American constituents. The McCollum bill offered a vehicle for Congressional action, the lack of which had stymied Hill supporters of NTR for Laos for several months. [4]

Most Favored Nation status for China

Robert Matsui and Xavier Becerra voted to grant Most Favored Nation (MFN) status & Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to China -- which moved more union jobs out of America than NAFTA & other trade agreements combined.


  1. [1]
  2. [East Wind Vol 7 no 1]
  3. [AAFE 2013 Banquet Journal, by Douglas Lim at Mar 26, 2013]
  4. Fund for Reconciliation and Development Washington Update #18 September-October, 2003