Joseph CaoThe sole Republican to stand outside of his political party in the healthcare vote in the House of Representatives.

Who is this man ?

Anh “Joseph” Quang Cao is a New Orleans lawyer and the current U.S. Representative from Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district.

Cao is the first Vietnamese American, as well as the first native of Vietnam, to serve in Congress, and the first Republican to serve in his district since 1890; his district usually votes overwhelmingly Democratic.

Cao previously ran unsuccessfully as an independent for District 103 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He was a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. At the time of his election to Congress, Cao was a member of the Orleans Parish Board of Election Supervisors.

A devout Roman Catholic, Cao served as a board member for Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church’s Community Development Corporation which assists Vietnamese-Americans with hurricane relief, and is a member of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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