Friday, January 23, 2009
State SenatorDistrict 67
Majority WhipVice Chair, Transportation Policy and Budget Division
State Senator Mee Moua was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in a special election in January 2002. Her legislative accomplishments include funding for the Phalen Corridor and Metropolitan State University Library, making it easier to build affordable housing, and improving tax policies for low income Minnesotans. She also fought to protect civil rights and to secure funding for crime victims. Senator Moua is a Majority Whip, Vicechair of the Transportation Policy and Budget Committee, and serves on the Tax Committee and the Health and Family Security Committee.
In addition to being a member of the Senate, Senator Moua is an attorney. She has degrees from Brown University, a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Texas-Austin, and her law degree from the University of Minnesota. Senator Moua is a member of the Democratic National Committee and a board member on the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum.
Born in Laos, Senator Moua immigrated to the U.S. in 1978 and currently lives on St. Paul’s East Side with her husband Yee Chang and their two children, Chase and Sheng. She was the nation’s first Hmong American elected to a state legislature.
Mee Moua (born June 30, 1969 in Xieng Khouang, Laos) is a Hmong American politician and member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. She currently serves in the Minnesota Senate representing a district in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is serving her second term, chairs the Judiciary Committee and holds the highest office of any Hmong American politician. She was first elected to the District 67 seat on January 29, 2002 with 60% of the vote, replacing previous senator Randy Kelly, who had resigned to become mayor of Saint Paul.
Her 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. 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. Moua is part of the Democratic National Committee and a serves as a board member for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum.
She is married to Yee Chang with whom she has three children.