Senator Foung Hawj
I grew up in Laos during the Vietnam War and have experienced my share of terror as a child. Government persecution forced my family to abandon our home for refugee camps and later for a new life in America. Given that his- tory, my Winona, Minnesota- born college roommate asked me once how I was able to avoid being a troubled youth. Besides having a supportive family, the opportunities of education kept me on the right path. I graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Media Arts from the University of Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Ap- plied Science and Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. St. Paul has been my home for 21 years where I work as a self- employed multimedia producer using digital technology to educate our communities and promote healthy living.
I am a people person who takes pride in helping others. The many organizations I have served include: St. Paul’s District 2 Council, Minneapolis Foundation’s Technology Steering Committee, Hmong Chamber of Commerce, and currently Gateway to Healthy Food Coop. I co-founded the Hmong-American DFL Caucus in the early 90’s and have been an active fundraiser for many democratic candidates since 2004. I live in the Lake Phalen Townhome Association where I was elected to serve twice as its Vice-President. This year I am honored to be appointed to the second term as a DFL Precinct Chair in Senate District 67.
I believe that my past experiences have prepared me to represent the East Side in the Minnesota Senate. I believe that fair representation in our party and the capitol needs to include all members of our community. I will work hard for you and be accessible to all constituents on the East Side.