Joseph Cao

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Date of Birth March 13, 1967
Place of Birth Vietnam
Age 53 years old
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Joseph Cao

Ánh Quang "Joseph" Cao is a Vietnamese-American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. In April 2011, Cao announced his candidacy for the office of Attorney General of Louisiana, but in September 2011 he pulled out of the race. The incumbent Buddy Caldwell ran unopposed for a second term. He is the first Vietnamese American and first native of Vietnam to serve in Congress. He is the first Republican since 1891 to be elected from his New Orleans-based district, due to the racial history of the state and shifting demographics. In December 2015, he announced that he would run for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring fellow Republican David Vitter in 2016. As Cao finished eleventh in the jungle primary, he did not place high enough to advance to the general election.

Born: Cao Quang Ánh, March 13, 1967, Saigon, South Vietnam
Political party: Republican
Spouse(s): Kate Hoang
Children: 2
Education: Baylor University (BS), Fordham University (MA), Loyola University New Orleans (JD)
Preceded by: William J. Jefferson
Succeeded by: Cedric Richmond

About Joseph Cao

American Republican politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011. He ran for Attorney General of Louisiana in 2011 but later withdrew from the race.

Before Fame

He emigrated to the United States with his uncle and two of his siblings when he was eight. He studied physics at Baylor University and got his Master's in philosophy at Fordham University and J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.


Before he entered politics, he opened a law practice that specialized in immigration law and issues.

Family Life

He had two daughters with his wife, Hieu Hoang.


He was the only Republican to vote for the early draft of the Affordable Healthcare Act proposed by the administration of Barack Obama in November 2009.

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  • Baylor University alumni
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Latest information about Joseph Cao updated on January 16, 2021.

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