Minnesota state senator of district 67

Contact Information

Capitol Office  (651) 296-5285

Campaign        (651) 592-3129

P.O. Box 600336  St. Paul, MN 55106   info@founghawj.com  (651) 592-3129
Prepared and paid for by Foung for Senate 67 Committee

When I left my home country of Laos over four decades ago for a new life in America, I could never have imagined I could one day be elected to public office. I have worked hard all my life, achieved bachelors and masters degrees, 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 many different groups to improve my community. As I told my senate colleagues on that first day in 2013, I was new to politics, though I was not new to helping people. Moving from a war-torn Laos to urban America, I have experienced much adversity and overcame many obstacles. This has given me a great appreciation for the struggles people go through and also a boundless optimism about what is possible when we work together. This is why I look forward to the challenges in this 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 more appreciative and thankful for your support and trust. We are neighbors, one community, and what we do together improves the lives of everyone.

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

• 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

• 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.

• 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