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Patsy Mink

Born: Dec 6, 1927

Death: Sep 28, 2002

Birthplace: Maui

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Patsy Mink

Date of Birth : Dec 6, 1927
Date of Death : Sep 28, 2002
Birth Place : Maui

Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink was an American politician from the U.S. state of Hawaii. Mink was a third generation Japanese American and member of the Democratic Party. She also was the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Mink served in the U.S. House of Representatives for a total of 12 terms, representing Hawaii's first and second congressional districts. While in Congress she was noted for co-authoring the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act. Mink was the first woman of color and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress. She was also the first woman elected to Congress from the state of Hawaii, and became the first Asian American to seek the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party in the 1972 election, where she stood in the Oregon primary as an anti-war candidate. From 1978 to 1981 Mink served as the president of Americans for Democratic Action. On August 30, 2002, Mink was hospitalized in Honolulu's Straub Clinic and Hospital with complications from chickenpox. Her condition steadily worsened, and on September 28, 2002, Mink died in Honolulu of viral pneumonia, at age 74.


  • Politician

Also known as

  • Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink


  • Mitama Tateyama
  • Suematsu Takemoto


  • John Mink


  • Gwendolyn Mink
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