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The Honorable Doris Matsui

NMAH Board Member; United States House of Representatives

Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui is proud to represent the community of Sacramento, California.  As a Member of the powerful Energy & Commerce and Rules Committees, Representative Matsui has emerged as an influential advocate for the Sacramento region, and is playing a key role in crafting health care and climate change legislation in the 111th Congress.

A veteran of the Clinton Administration, Representative Matsui succeeded her late husband, Robert T. Matsui, in office.  Congresswoman Matsui has a long history of civic involvement, and is continuing that tradition on the Smithsonian Board of Regents.  She was appointed by the Speaker of the House as one of only three Members of the House on the Board.  She serves as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and on the Board’s Governance Committee.  She is also a Member of the Council for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Most recently, Rep. Matsui was also named as a Board Member of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to taking office, Congresswoman Matsui served on the boards of a number of local and national nonprofit organizations in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., including KVIE public television station in Sacramento, the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento Children’s Home, Meridian International Center, Arena Stage, and Woodrow Wilson Center Board of Trustees. 

After growing up in California’s Central Valley, Rep. Matsui earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley.  Congresswoman Matsui is the proud mother of one son, Brian, and has two young grandchildren, Anna, 6, and Robby, 3.