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Joseph Cao: Louisiana’s Newest Congressman ^ | 12/07/08 | Ignatius Reilly

Posted on 12/07/2008 2:34:47 AM PST by uglybiker

In a stunning upset, Republican Ahn “Joseph” Cao, a Vietnamese immigrant with no political experience, has defeated Democratic incumbent William Jefferson for the U.S. House of Representative’s seat of the 2nd District of Lousiana.

Ahn Joseph Cao

Ahn “Joseph” Cao will represent the 2nd District of Lousiana in the new Congressional term after defeating William Jefferson. Cao, an immigration attorney, is a newcomer to politics and will be the first person of Vietnamese descent to become a representative in Congress. His opponent William Jefferson was plagued by allegations of corruption throughout his campaign and is currently facing federal indictments related to illegal funds received from Nigerian business interests. Jefferson became notorious in Louisiana after the FBI found $90,000 in cash allegedly received as bribes in his freezer.

Though Louisiana is often mocked as a rural backwater by liberals, the state has now elected the first Indian American governor and the first Vietnamese American Congressman. Both are Republicans. Way to go, Lousiana!

Biography of Joseph Cao

Ahn “Joseph” Cao, 41 was born in Saigon, in 1967. He fled Vietnam in 1975 with his mother and two siblings when he was eight years old, and came to America as a refugee. His father, a soldier in the South Vietnamese army, was captured and imprisoned by North Vietnamese Communist forces.

Despite a disadvantaged childhood in a refugee community, Cao excelled in academics and went on to study at Baylor University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics. He went on to receive a master’s degree in philosophy at Fordham University and considered studying to become a priest before entering law school at Loyola University, where he received a J.D. in 2000.

Since receiving his law degree, he has practiced immigration law. He has also served as a board member of Boat People SOS (BPSOS), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Vietnamese American communities.

He announced his candidacy for Congress in the 2nd District of Louisiana in 2008 against Democratic incumbent William Jefferson, who was hampered by allegations of corruption and barely won the Democratic primary. Despite being relatively unknown to most voters, Cao received the endorsements of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and many major Louisiana newspapers. He won the election on December 6, 2008, and will be the nation’s first Vietnamese American Congressman.

He is married to Hieu “Kate” Hoang, and has two daughters named Sophia and Betsy.

TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: 111th; asianamericans; bho2008; breaking; cao; jindal; la2008; neworleans; obamatransitionfile; peterson
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To: Fred

How come the Secretary of States office has different results posted?

U. S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District
392 of 392 precincts reporting
Click here for Results by Precinct
23,197 50.74% William J. Jefferson, D -
1,724 3.77% Malik Rahim, G -
373 .82% Gregory W. Kahn, L -
20,426 44.68% Anh “Joseph” Cao, R -


41 posted on 12/07/2008 7:14:51 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Anita1
Thanks for the information. But his resume reads like that of a Democrat, IMHO.
42 posted on 12/08/2008 5:13:37 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Abortion has become little more than the New Left's execution of political prisoners.)
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To: uglybiker

Now, THAT’S the America I love!!!

43 posted on 12/08/2008 6:38:12 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gloucester County, VA -- Standing for America! 63% for McCain-Palin on 4 Nov)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Well, if we’ve learned anything from Obama, it’s that all you really need to do to get elected is blabber on about hope and change.

44 posted on 12/08/2008 7:02:30 AM PST by ksm1
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To: 3catsanadog
My daughter's Korean Tae Kwon Do instructor came to America with the clothes on his back, $50.00 in his pocket, and he didn't even speak English.

He owned three active studios before he cut back to one--he considers himself retired now.

45 posted on 12/08/2008 6:40:02 PM PST by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: uglybiker

The one problem I have with his election is he is another lawyer; and an immigration one at that.

46 posted on 12/08/2008 10:04:39 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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