Hubert Vo

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Hubert Vo
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Texas House of Representatives
In office
2005 – present
Preceded by Talmadge L. Heflin
Personal details
Born (1956-05-30) 30 May 1956 (age 60)
South Vietnam
Alma mater University of Houston (B.S.)

Hubert Vo (Võ in Vietnamese) (born 30 May 1956) is a Vietnamese American member of the Texas House of Representatives for House District 149. He is the first and only Vietnamese American to be elected to the Texas legislature.

Personal life[edit]

Vo was born in South Vietnam and emigrated to the United States with his family to flee the communist government of Vietnam.

Vo is a 1983 graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. He is married and has three children.

Political career[edit]

Vo currently serves as a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 149th District which contains part of Harris County including part of west Houston and the suburbs of Alief and Katy. Vo was elected in 2004, defeating the incumbent Republican, Talmadge Heflin by the razor-thin margin of 20,695 to 20,662.[1]

Talmadge Heflin was the Republican nominee again in 2006, seeking a rematch with Hubert Vo in the election of Tuesday, November 7, 2006. Vo won re-election with 54% of the vote.

The Houston Chronicle has reported numerous stories about apartment complexes owned by Vo. The complexes have been cited by the City of Houston for various building code violations.[2]

In the 2008 Presidential election primaries Vo initially endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton,[3] but later spoke for Texas Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for Obama.[4]

He won re-election in the 2010 election.[5]

In 2014, Hubert Vo endorsed a program that would allow food stamps to be used at restaurants such as Taste of Texas and Luby's.

In 2016, Vo won Democrat re-nomination against his intra-party challenger Demetria Smith, 4,442 votes (64.9%) to 2,406 (35.1%).

Current legislative committees[edit]

Hubert Vo has been a member of the following committees:

  • Economic and Small Business Development, Vice Chair
  • House Administration, Member
  • Insurance, Member
  • Public Safety, Member[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1992 - Current Election History". Office of the [Texas] Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lawmaker Vo used state letterhead in complaint to HPD". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Leibowitz, Vince (5 February 2008). "Texas Presidential Primary Endorsements: Who Has Endorsed & Who Is Up For Grabs". Capitol Annex. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Asian Americans for Obama - Seattle". Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Grissom, Brandi; Hamilton, Reeve; Hu, Elise; Ramsey, Ross; Ramshaw, Emily; Smith, Morgan; Stiles, Matt; Aguilar, Julián; Muto, David; Galbraith, Kate; Aaronson, Becca; Chang, Julie; Hallman, Tristan; Brown, Emily (2 November 2010). "Yes, the GOP Wave Turned Out to Be a Tsunami". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Representative Hubert Vo's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Talmadge L. Heflin
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 149 (Houston)

2005 – present
Incumbent