Democrat who became the U.S. Representative for California's 6th congressional district, replacing her husband Bob who had died.
He earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
She was born in an Internment Camp at Poston, Arizona, where her parents were being held during World War II because they were of Japanese descent.
She had one child, Brian, with her husband Bob, who died on New Years days 2005.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed her to the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents in 2007.