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Top Ten Asian Americans Presentation

  1. 2. <ul><li>To research former and current officials who helped and are helping break down stereotypes for future generations </li></ul><ul><li>To show that Asian American lawmakers are not really ‘invisible’ and have a variety of responsibilities in all levels of government </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>According to the Asian American Action Fund, the number of elected Asian American officials nationwide in… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1996: about 300 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2006: 555 (two U.S. Senators, five U.S. Representatives, 64 State Senators, 97 State Representatives, three state governors, 19 city mayors, 123 city or county council members or other elected officials and 236 judges) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>While a dramatic increase, nationally there are currently only 7 A/PIA members of Congress out of 535 (just more than 1%) </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>What Qualifies as ‘Asian American’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An individual of Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, or Indian descent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In this case, either one who was born in America OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Someone born in another country but now a United States citizen </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Numerical Arrangement based on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Impact on A/PIA communities in district/jurisdiction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breaking through ‘glass ceilings’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other notable accomplishments (i.e. legislation) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Born: Fukushima, Japan on November 3 rd , 1947 </li></ul><ul><li>Party: Democrat </li></ul><ul><li>The second Asian American to be elected as Lieutenant Governor </li></ul><ul><li>Unsuccessfully ran for governor but later won a congressional seat in 2006, becoming the third woman to represent Hawai’i in Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Upon election, became the first immigrant woman of Asian descent to serve in the legislative branch </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Helped reform key areas, including Pre-Plus, an initiative to build preschools on elementary school campuses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Successfully pushed for funds to build over ten new preschools across Hawai’i </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Helped create the Hawai’i Mutual Insurance Company as Lt. Governor, providing workers with private compensation insurance </li></ul><ul><li>One of two Buddhists currently serving in Congress </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Born: 1937 </li></ul><ul><li>Party: Republican </li></ul><ul><li>Won a seat on the Westminster City Council in California in 1992, becoming the first person of Vietnamese ancestry to hold political office in America </li></ul><ul><li>Served for ten years but decided not to run for re-election in 2002 </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Suffered criticism in 1999 for not joining a protest against a storeowner in Little Saigon who posted Communist imagery in his business </li></ul><ul><li>Helped inspire and encourage other Vietnamese Americans and citizens to run for public office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently, there are ten elected officials in Orange County, and thirteen campaigned for office in the 2006 and 2008 elections </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Born: Hsinchu, Taiwan on April 8 th , 1955 </li></ul><ul><li>Party: Democrat </li></ul><ul><li>Family was able to immigrate to America because of quota laws revised by John F. Kennedy through executive orders </li></ul><ul><li>First Chinese American and Taiwanese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Represents the 1 st District of Oregon (Yamhill, Columbia, Clatsop, Washington, and a section of Multnomah County), the so-called ‘Silicon Forest’ </li></ul><ul><li>Served as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus from January 2001 to January 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently sits on four committees, including Education and Labor, Science, and Foreign Affairs </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Born: Honolulu, Hawai’i on September 7 th , 1924 </li></ul><ul><li>Party: Democrat </li></ul><ul><li>Served in World War II, during which he lost his right arm, from 1943 to 1947 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2000 for heroism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Active in the Hawaiian Territorial government and was elected a congressman when it became a state </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962 </li></ul><ul><li>Became the first person of Japanese descent to serve in both houses of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Delivered the keynote address at the chaotic Democratic National Convention in Chicago of1968 </li></ul><ul><li>Chairman of various key committees in over 40 years of service, including the Select Committee on Intelligence; Indian Affairs; and Commerce, Science and Transportation </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Born: Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 10 th , 1971 </li></ul><ul><li>Party: Republican </li></ul><ul><li>Appointed Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare in 1998 </li></ul><ul><li>Served as a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, then as a U.S. congressman from Louisiana representing the 1 st District </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Passed legislation which brought energy revenue back to Louisiana </li></ul><ul><li>Elected governor in 2007, becoming the first Indian American to hold that post in U.S. history (first non-white since Reconstruction) </li></ul><ul><li>Orchestrated a smooth response to Hurricane Gustav in August 2008, reducing casualties to only sixteen </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Born: 1957 </li></ul><ul><li>Party: Republican </li></ul><ul><li>Worked for various business firms, companies, and non-profit organizations prior to public service </li></ul><ul><li>Worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under George H.W. Bush </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tasked with regulating health maintenance organizations, managing health care policy, and overseeing funds to Medicare and Medicaid </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Served on George W. Bush’s transition team, recommending candidates for senior-level appointments </li></ul><ul><li>Active member of A/PIA organizations, including the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Currently the 38 th Director of the United States Mint </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>Born: Seattle, Washington on January 21 th , 1950 </li></ul><ul><li>Party: Democrat </li></ul><ul><li>Originally served in the Washington state legislature </li></ul><ul><li>First Chinese American governor in United States history (1996-2005) </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>Governed from the political center, adopting the GOP’s no-new taxes during the 2001 recession </li></ul><ul><li>Served two terms, opting not to seek a third </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rumored he did not run because of thousands of threats received as a result of his response to President Bush’s 2003 State of the Union </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recently served as Washington co-chairman of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>Born: Taipei, Republic of China on March 26 th , 1953 </li></ul><ul><li>Party: Republican </li></ul><ul><li>Nominated by George H.W. Bush to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation in 1989 </li></ul><ul><li>Director of the Peace Corps from 1991-1992 </li></ul><ul><li>Worked for 4 years at United Way of America as president and CEO </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>Currently serves as the 24 th United States Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush </li></ul><ul><li>First Asian American woman to hold a cabinet-level position in American history </li></ul><ul><li>Established new worker protection records, along with those recovering back wages for low-income immigrant workers and reformed worker training programs </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>Born: Kalihi, Hawai’i on October 15 th , 1906 </li></ul><ul><li>Party: Republican </li></ul><ul><li>Originally served in the Hawai’i Territorial House of Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Represented Hawai’i in the U.S. Senate when it first became a state in 1959 until 1977 (first Asian American elected to the Upper House) </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>The only Republican to hold a Senate seat from Hawai’i </li></ul><ul><li>First Asian American of either party to seek the presidential nomination (1964 & 1968) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Won votes from the Hawaiian and Alaskan delegations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Died: August 18 th , 2007 </li></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>Born: Chhajulwadi, Punjab Province, India in 1899 </li></ul><ul><li>Party: Democrat </li></ul><ul><li>First Asian American ever elected to the U.S. Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Represented the 29 th District of California (Riverside & Imperial counties) </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>Served three terms in the House of Representatives (1956-1962) </li></ul><ul><li>Led 11 fellow congressmen to Guadalajara for the first meeting of the Mexico-United States Interparliamentary Group </li></ul><ul><li>Died: 1973 </li></ul>
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