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Thao, Cy


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Saint Paul, MN

House 2003-2010 (District 65A)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 3/2/1972 Date of Death: 
Birth Place:  Birth County:  Birth Country: Laos
Other Names:
Gender:  Male Religion:  Not Reported Reported Minority:   Asian
City of Residence (when first elected):  Saint Paul

Occupation (when first elected):  Artist/Former Teacher

EDUCATION

Minneapolis North High School; Secondary;
University of St. Thomas; Attended College; Teaching Certificate
University of Minnesota, Morris; B.A.; Political Science and Studio Art

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Legislative StaffMinnesota Senate (College Intern) ??/??/1993 to ??/??/199?

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Lee Vang
Children: Two children: Cyanne and another daughter (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was the first Hmong to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Mee Moua was the first Hmong to serve in the Minnesota Legislature.

He spent five years in a Thailand refugee camp from age 2-8. He was one of nine children. He came to Minnesota in March 1980.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Independence party endorsed candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 2000 elections. He lost to Andy Dawkins.

Total Days Served: 2919

SESSIONS SERVED

Legislative Session: 86th (2009-2010)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/4/2008 Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
District: 65A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Artist/Assisted Living Facilities Family Business
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Commerce and Labor Minutes
Environment Policy and Oversight Subcommittee: Game, Fish and Forestry Division Minutes
Finance Subcommittee: Health Care and Human Services Finance Division Minutes
Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Minutes
Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Subcommittee: Licensing Division (Chair) Minutes

Legislative Session: 85th (2007-2008)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/7/2006 Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/5/2009
District: 65A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Artist/Former Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Environment and Natural Resources Minutes
Finance Subcommittee: Health Care and Human Services Finance Division Minutes
Health and Human Services Minutes
Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Licensing (Chair) Minutes
Taxes Minutes

Legislative Session: 84th (2005-2006)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/2/2004 Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
District: 65A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Artist
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  
Committees:
Health Policy and Finance Minutes
Local Government Minutes

Legislative Session: 83rd (2003-2004)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/5/2002 Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/3/2005
District: 65A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Artist/Former Teacher
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  
Committees:
Health and Human Services Finance
Health and Human Services Policy
Judiciary Policy and Finance

Audio/Video
House Floor Retirement Speech, May 16, 2010 (Video) 2010

Session Interview (Video) 2003 House Interview


Articles & Books By
Thao, Cy. The Hmong Migration: Paintings: 50 Paintings and Text by Cy Thao. Minneapolis: Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2000. - (In Minnesota Legislative Reference Library collection at ND237 .T49 A5 2000z.)


Articles & Books About
Ostberg, Patty. "First Hmong House Member Shifts Focus." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, May, 7, 2010, p. 21.

Maeda, David. "Change Through Participation: Former Senate Intern and House Candidate, Thao Brings a Lifetime of Experience to His New Position." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, January 10, 2003, p. 19.




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