Norman Mineta to Have Statue Unveiled at San Jose Airport

The late Norman Mineta will have a statue honoring the Silicon Valley legend Thursday at San José Mineta International Airport (SJC), the airport named after him in 2001.

The six-foot-tall bronze sculpture, created by local sculptor Steve Davis, will stand on a granite pedestal in the baggage claim area of Terminal B, which sees 70% of passenger traffic. A public ceremony to mark the occasion will take place at 10 a.m.

Mineta served as Mayor of San Jose from 1971 to 1975. He was also a U.S. Congressman for 20 years.

Mineta served under President Clinton as Secretary of Commerce and also Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush.



When: Thursday, January 25, 2024; 10 – 11:30 AM

Where: San José Mineta International Airport, Baggage Claim, Terminal B

Program Schedule:

10:00  Taiko Drums
10:20  Blessing – Rev. John Oda, Wesley United Methodist Church, San Jose
10:25  Convening and Introductions – Rod Diridon, Sr., President/Founder of Quest Valley Charities (QVC), Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute
10:35  Statue Unveiling
10:40  Welcome from Quest Valley Charities – Colleen Wilcox, QVC Chair
10:45  Welcome from San Jose Mineta Internat’l Airport – John Aitken, Dir. Of Aviation
10:50  Welcome from Mineta family – Norman’s sons, David and Stuart
10:55  Tributes to Norm Mineta
San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan, former Mayor Sam Liccardo
Santa Clara County Supervisors, President Susan Ellenberg, former President Cindy Chavez
California State Senator Dave Cortese and State Legislative Delegation
Members of Congress Zoe Lofgren, Anna Eshoo, Ro Khanna
U.S. DHS TSA Administrator David Pekoske (friend of Norm’s)
11:20  Closing Comment from Colleen Wilcox, QVC Chair