Mee Moua

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Mee Moua
Mee Moua Oct 30 2008.jpg
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 67th district
In office
February 4, 2002 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Randy Kelly
Succeeded by John Harrington
Personal details
Born (1969-06-30) June 30, 1969 (age 46)
Xieng Khouang, Laos
Political party Democratic Farmer Labor Party
Spouse(s) Yee Chang
Children 3
Residence Saint Paul, Minnesota
Alma mater Brown University
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota Law School
Profession attorney, legislator

Mee Moua (RPA: Mim Muas, born June 30, 1969 in Xieng Khouang, Laos), is the president and executive director of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC). Prior to her current post, she served as the vice president for strategic impact initiatives at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), where she was the executive administrator of the Washington, D.C. office and managed the communications, government relations, policy analysis and research functions of the organization.

Moua was the first Hmong American woman elected to a state legislature, where she served as a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. She represented District 67 in the Minnesota Senate, which includes portions of the city of Saint Paul in Ramsey County, which is in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.[1] On May 16, 2010, she announced that she would not run for a third term.[2]

Moua chaired the Judiciary Committee and held the highest office of any Hmong American politician. She also served on the senate's Taxes and Transportation committees, and was a member of the Finance subcommittee for the Public Safety Budget Division and the Transportation Budget and Policy Division, of the Judiciary Subcommittee for Data Practices, and of the Taxes Subcommittee for the Property Tax Division.[3]

Moua was first elected with 60 percent of the vote in a special election held on January 29, 2002. She succeeded Senator Randy Kelly, who resigned after being elected mayor of Saint Paul. She was re-elected in November 2002 and, again, in November 2006.[1]

Moua's father was a medic in the Vietnam War. At the end of the war, her family fled to Thailand when Moua was five years old. In 1978 her family, along with other Hmong refugees, moved to the United States.[4]

Moua obtained an undergraduate degree from Brown University, a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School. In addition to her senate duties, she practices as an attorney.[3] She is a member of the Democratic National Committee and also serves as a board member and as the Vice President for Strategic Impact Initiatives for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum.[4]

She is married to Yee Chang, with whom she has three children.

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  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Moua, Mee". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Sen. Moua will not run for reelection". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Senator Mee Moua DFL District 67". 1969-06-30. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ a b Swanson, William. "Mee Moua in the Age of Obama | Features | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine +". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Randy Kelly
Member of the Minnesota Senate from the 67th District
2002 – 2011
Succeeded by
John Harrington