Joseph Cao

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Joseph Cao
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byWilliam J. Jefferson
Succeeded byCedric Richmond
Personal details
Cao Quang Ánh

(1967-03-13) March 13, 1967 (age 56)
Saigon, South Vietnam
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kate Hoang
EducationBaylor University (BS)
Fordham University (MA)
Loyola University New Orleans (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Ánh Quang "Joseph" Cao (/ˈɡ/ GOW;[1] Vietnamese: Cao Quang Ánh; born March 13, 1967) is a VietnameseAmerican politician. He was the U.S. representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is the first Vietnamese American and first native of Vietnam to serve in Congress.[2][3]

Cao was the only Republican congressman to vote for the draft Affordable Health Care for America Act in November 2009.[4] In 2010, he lost his re-election bid to Democrat Cedric Richmond.

In April 2011, Cao announced his candidacy for the office of Attorney General of Louisiana, but in September 2011 he dropped out of the race. In December 2015, he announced that he would run for the United States Senate in 2016. He came in 11th place.

References[change | change source]

  1. Halloran, Liz (December 10, 2008). "Once Snubbed By GOP, Now Hailed As Its Future". National Public Radio. Retrieved December 10, 2008.
  2. O'Brien, Soledad (November 2, 2010). "First Vietnamese-American congressman fights to keep his seat". CNN. Archived from the original on November 5, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  3. "In Louisiana, an unlikely victory makes history". Los Angeles Times. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  4. D'Aprile, Shane (2011-04-12). "Ex-Rep. Cao making run for Louisiana Attorney General". TheHill. Retrieved 2022-01-10.