The Robert T. Matsui Papers document the career of a Japanese
American politician who served 13 terms, from 1979-2005, in the United States House of
Representatives as Congressman for California's Sacramento district.
Robert Takeo Matsui (1941-2005) was a Japanese American politician who served 13 terms in
the United States House of Representatives as Congressman for California's Sacramento
district. Born on September 17, 1941, Matsui was six months old when he and his family were
taken from Sacramento and interned by the U.S. government at the Tule Lake War Relocation
Center in 1942. The family returned to Sacramento after the end of World War II, where
Matsui remained until moving to attend the University of California, Berkeley as a Political
Science major in 1959. Upon his graduation from Berkeley in 1963, Matsui opted to continue
his education at the nearby University of California, Hastings College of Law in San
Francisco, from which he graduated in 1966. Matsui married his wife, Doris Okada, the same
year and returned to Sacramento to start his private law practice.
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