When I left my home country of Laos over three decades ago for a new life in America, I could never have imagined that I could one day be elected to public office. I work hard all my life, got a college degree and started my professional career as a computer programmer and later was able to start my own multimedia production company. I became interested in public service through my years of volunteering, working with different kinds of groups to improve my surrounding including the East Side of St. Paul. As I told my senate colleagues on the first day, "I'm new to politics, but I'm not new to helping people." Moving from a war-torn Laos to urban America, I have been through much adversity and overcame many obstacles. This has given me a lot of appreciation for the struggles people go through, but also a boundless optimism about what is possible when we work together. That is why I look forward to the challenges in this new chapter of my life. I will serve the office of Minnesota State Senator to the best of my ability. As an American of Hmong descent and as your State Senator, I could not be prouder and more thankful for your support and trust.

EDUCATION
• Rochester Institute of Technology, MS, Applied Science and Technology 2001
• University of Kansas, Lawrence, BA, Computer Science / Media Arts 1990

VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY SERVICES
• Steering Committee, Gateway Food Initiative Coop 2011-2013
• Watershed Advisory Committee 2011-2013
• Board member, St. Paul’s District 2 Council 2004-2010
• Vice-president, Lake Phalen Townhome Association - served 2 terms
• Helped refugees in Thailand through UNHCR 1996

RECOGNITIONS
• State Legislative Leaders Foundation: Emerging Leaders Program 2015

• BILLD Fellowship 2014
• Snow and Ice Control Best Practices Certificate from MPCA 2012
• Department of Agriculture's Merit for Engaging Urban America 2011
• Confined Space Training 2009       • Bush Leadership Fellows 1998

LANGUAGES:  English, Hmong, Lao, Thai, some Chinese and basic ASL

HOBBIES:  Gardening, Fishing, Camping, Canoeing and more outdoor activities.


WORK HISTORY
• Multimedia Producer, Digital Motion LLC 1996-present
• IT Manager, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2002-2006
• Series Producer, Twin Cities Public Television 1991-1996
• Computer Systems Administrator, K&A Litho 1990-1991


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Minnesota state senator of district 67