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OCA APPLAUDS FIRST VIETNAMESE AMERICAN ELECTED TO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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OCA APPLAUDS FIRST VIETNAMESE AMERICAN ELECTED TO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 December 2008

Sarah Smith | Communications Manager
202.223.5500 | ssmith@ocanational.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.—OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, economic and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, congratulates Anh "Joseph" Quang Cao (R) on winning Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District seat to become the first Vietnamese American to serve in Congress.

Cao, born in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, came to the United States when he was 8 years old. Now a 41-year old attorney, Cao has worked on civil rights issues throughout his career.  After fleeing New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina and later returning, Cao not only rebuilt his home and law practice, but also assisted the residents of New Orleans East in their successful fight against a landfill that threatened the community. 

"OCA would like to congratulate Congressman-elect Cao on becoming the first Vietnamese American to the House of Representatives,” said OCA National President Ginny Gong. "This is a significant accomplishment for all Asian Pacific Americans in Louisiana, as well as in the U.S.”
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