Honda & Khanna duke it out over tech bona fides

Rep. Mike Honda and his Democratic challenger, Ro Khanna, continue their sparring over who can deliver best for Silicon Valley.

honda.jpgHonda, D-San Jose, on Friday convened the first meeting of his newly formed STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Advisory Board, which will meet quarterly to advance school programs that ensure students have a strong educational foundation to compete and innovate in a tech economy.

The board includes the presidents of San Jose State University and De Anza College as well non-profit board members and executives from Intel, IBM, Apple, Cisco Systems, and other tech firms. White House Deputy Director of Science and Technology Policy Tom Kalil delivered a keynote speech to more than 40 board members at the launch event, held at the Santa Clara headquarters of Applied Matierals.

“The children of Silicon Valley, the state, and indeed the country are at a disadvantage if we do not continue to give them the educational tools they need to grow and succeed in a global, high-tech economy,” Honda said in his remarks at the event. “I have long fought in Congress to ensure that every student in our public schools has access to an equitable education from pre-K to college, and a structured curriculum of math and science programs must serve as its foundation.”

Honda recently introduced H.R. 2592, the STEM Innovation Networks Act, which authorizes federal grants to establish state networks of public-private partnerships for STEM education.

Meanwhile, Khanna on Monday touted his endorsement by more than 100 Silicon Valley businesses figures – some of whom had been disclosed before as members of his campaign’s executive committee or as fundraisers, but many of whom are newly announced. Khanna said he’s “humbled” by the support.

Ro Khanna“People across the district – from those that started companies to those who work hard every day to develop the next big idea – are calling for a new type of thought leadership that has been absent from our political discourse,” he said. “Not only do these incredible technology leaders keep Silicon Valley at the forefront of innovation, they also create and sustain hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs for our community.”

Khanna, who served as a deputy assistant secretary of commerce for two years during President Obama’s first term, favors immigration reform to attract the world’s best and brightest to Silicon Valley; expanding broadband to every classroom and teaching code in schools; developing a strategy to get more women into STEM fields; supporting small businesses by simplifying bureaucratic red tape; supporting entrepreneurs by deferring student loan payments, allowing tax deductions for software purchases and applying the Research and Development Tax Credit to employer taxes instead of income; reforming the tax code; and more.

See Khanna’s list of Silicon Valley endorsers, after the jump…

Aditya Agarwal – VP of Engineering, Dropbox
Syed Ali – President & CEO, Cavium
Sam Altman – Serial Entrepreneur & Tech Investor
Marc Andreessen – General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen – Founder & Chairman Emeritus, SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture) Fund
David Bell – former CEO, Intersil
Marc Benioff – Founder, Chairman & CEO, Salesforce.com
Zachary Bogue – Co-Managing Partner, Data Collective
Tim Brady – Founder/Partner, Imagine K12
Tom Caulfield – President & COO, Soraa
Gurbaksh Chahal – CEO, RadiumOne
Rohini Chakravarthy – Partner, NEA
Tom Chavez – Chairman, CEO & Founder, Krux Inc.
Amar Chokhawala – Co-Founder/VP of Engineering/Product, Reflektion
Matt Cohler – General Partner, Benchmark
Ron Conway – Founder & Managing Partner, SV Angel
Bruce Cozadd – Chairman & CEO, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Yogen Dalal – Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund
Vin Dham – Founding Managing Director at IndoUS Venture Partners; former senior executive at Intel (Founder of Pentium)
Caroline Donahue – Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, Intuit
Judy Estrin – Serial Entrepreneur; CEO, Evntlive; former CTO, Cisco
Tom Fallon – President & CEO, Infinera
Shawn Fanning – Serial Entrepreneur
Irwin Federman – General Partner, U.S. Venture Partners
Adrian Fenty – Advisor, Andreessen Horowitz (former Mayor, Washington DC)
Vijaya Gadde – Director, Legal, Twitter
Sameer Gandhi – Partner, Accel Partners
Guy Gecht – CEO, EFI
David Goldberg – CEO, SurveyMonkey
Ben Gomes – Google Fellow
Theresia Gouw – Partner, Accel Partners
Paul Graham – Partner, Y Combinator
Josh Green – Managing Director, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Umang Gupta – Chairman & CEO, Keynote Systems, Inc.
Kevin Hale – Partner, Y Combinator
Ammar Hanafi – General Partner, Alloy Ventures
Brad Handler – Co-Founder, Inspirato
Steve Harrick – General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners
Kamil Hasan – General Partner, Inovus Capital Partners
Talat Hasan – General Partner, Inovus Capital Partners
Penny Herscher – President & CEO, First Rain
Ramsey Homsany – General Counsel, Dropbox
Jeff Housenbold – CEO, Shutterfly
Vivek Joshi – Chairman, LumaSense Technologies
Deepak Kamra – Managing Director, Canaan Partners
Samir Kaul – General Partner, Khosla Ventures
Rajiv Khemani – Executive Chairman, Kaazing
Fred Khosravi – Managing Director, Incept LLC
Kittu Kolluri – General Partner, NEA
Steve Krausz – General Partner, U.S. Venture Partners
Gary Kremen – Founder, Match.Com & Clean Power Finance
Ashok Krishnamurthi – Serial Entrepreneur & Tech Executive
Brigette Lau – Partner, The Social+Capital Partnership
David Lee – Founder & Managing Partner, SV Angel
Alan Levy – Venture Partner, Frazier Healthcare Ventures
Ellen Levy – Founder & Managing Director, Silicon Valley Connect; former VP, Strategic Initiatives, LinkedIn; Start-Up Advisor
Stephen Luczo – Chairman, President & CEO, Seagate
Rajeev Madhavan – Founder & former CEO, Magma Design Automation and Ambit Design Systems
Gadi Maier – Founder & CEO, Freemonee Network
Josh Makower – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ExploraMed & Venture Partner, New Enterprise Associates
Marissa Mayer – Chief Executive Officer, President and Director, Yahoo
Mike McCue – Founder & CEO, Flipboard
Karl Mehta – Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
Lenny Mendonca – Director and Public Service Practice Co-Founder, McKinsey & Company
Dave Morin – Co-Founder & CEO, Path
Rao Mulpuri – CEO, View
Bubba Murarka – Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Shantanu Narayen – President & Chief Executive Officer, Adobe
Michael Nevens – Senior Advisor, Permira Advisors
Murthy Nukala – Founder & CEO, Adchemy
Chamath Palihapitiya – Founder & Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership
Sean Parker – Managing Partner, Founders Fund
Arthur Patterson – Founding Partner, Accel Partners
Hank Plain – Partner, Lightstone Venture Capital
Gokul Rajaram – Product Engineering Lead, Square
Geoff Ralston – Founder/Partner, Imagine K12 & Partner, Y Combinator
Amy Rao – Founder & CEO of Integrated Archive Systems
John Riccitiello – Tech Investor & former CEO, Electronic Arts
Dan Rose – VP Partnerships, Facebook
Rusty Rueff – Angel Investor and Chairman, The GRAMMY Foundation
Amr Salahieh – CEO, Shifamed LLC
Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Greg Sands – Managing Director, Costanoa Ventures
Pooja Sankar – Founder & CEO, Piazza
Arun Sarin – Former CEO, Vodafone
Shirish Sathaye – General Partner, Khosla Ventures
Max Schireson – President & CEO, 10Gen
Ram Shriram – Managing Director, Sherpalo Ventures
Mark Siegel – Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
Jagdeep Singh – CEO, QuantumScape
Amit Singhal – SVP, Engineering and Google Fellow
Shan Sinha – CEO, Highfive
Motasim Sirhan – CEO, Elixir Medical
Dan Siroker – CEO, Optimizely
Arvind Sodhani – EVP, Intel Corp.; President, Intel Capital
Steve Spinner – Start-up Advisor & Entrepreneur
Jim Swartz – Founding Partner, Accel Partners
Garry Tan – Partner, Y Combinator
Hemant Taneja – Managing Director, General Catalyst and Co-Founder & Chairman, Advanced Energy Economy
Immanuel Thangaraj – Managing Director, Essex Woodlands
Romesh Wadhwani – Founder & Chairman, Symphony Technology Group
Kent Walker – SVP & General Counsel, Google
Bill Watkins – Chairman, Bridgelux
Dan Wehner – VP Corporate Finance & Business Development, Facebook
Steve Westly – Managing Partner, The Westly Group, and former state controller
Stanley Yang – CEO, NeuroSky
Dan Yue – Serial Entrepreneur & former SVP of Product, Disney
Amit Zavery – Group Vice President, Product Management for Middleware and Java, Oracle
Eugene Zhang – CEO, InnoSpring

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Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.