Norman Y. Mineta, former San Jose mayor and US transportation secretary, dies at 90
Then- U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta testifies in 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.. - JIM WATSON/Getty Images North America/TNS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Norman Yoshio Mineta, who survived internment during World War II, rose to be San Jose’s mayor and congressman and served as U.S. secretary of transportation during 9/11, died Tuesday at the age of 90 at his home in Maryland. Mineta died of heart failure, John Flaherty, his former chief of staff, told The Washington Post. He built a nationwide reputation over a long political career, as a Democrat who served in the Cabinet of a Republican president and as the man who was instrumental in the creation of the Transportation Security Agency. But his story began in San Jose, whic...