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First Vietnamese-American to serve in Congress

A former New Orleans congressman made an announcement few would find surprising. Joseph Cao is running for the U.S. Senate. Cao's official entrance into the race dovetails neatly with the sentiments of a private holiday email he sent to family and friends in December. "Sen. Vitter will not be running for re-election, so this is a great opportunity to have a Vietnamese-American/Asian-American voice in the U.S. Senate," Cao wrote.

Anh "Joseph" Cao, a New Orleans attorney and the first Vietnamese American to serve in Congress, plans to join the race to succeed Vitter, who is retiring at the end of his term. Cao made history by unseating Rep. Bill Jefferson as he fought federal corruption allegations. Jefferson eventually went to prison and Cao served one term before losing to Democrat Cedric Richmond in 2010.

Source: Times-Picayune on 2016 Louisiana Senate race , Mar 1, 2016

1975: taken in by Indiana family as Vietnamese refugee

In the southeast Asian refugee crisis of 1975, with the fall of south Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos to the Communists, millions of those nations' citizens fled their new dictatorships. American civil society answered the call, assisting refugees' resettlement in countless ways. Churches, synagogues, military families, and civic groups petitioned to sponsor evacuees. Within the days of their arrival on American shores, refugees were placed with sponsors throughout the nation. Generous and capable, American civil society helped to cultivate new and proud Americans. One of these refugees, Joseph Cao, recently represented New Orleans in the U.S. Congress. Having left Vietnam as a boy, Cao and his family were taken in "by a Lutheran family, the Shrocks family in Goshen, Indiana," with whom they lived for four years. Although Cao's story is not unique, it is emblematic of the vital--and often invisible--role civil society plays in American lives.
Source: A Nation Like No Other, by Newt Gingrich, p.125-126 , Jun 13, 2011

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