Sansei male. Born March 13, 1948, in Winters, California. Grew up in the Winters area where parents worked on a farm they had run before World War II, when they were incarcerated at the Amache concentration camp, Colorado. Graduated from UC Davis School of Law, and worked in various capacities for the State of California. Elected National President of the Japanese American Citizens League in 1982, and was involved in the redress movement, helping to draft the redress resolution.