Senator Foung Hawj

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Senator Foung Hawj was elected in 2012 and represents District 67 in East St. Paul. He was born in Laos during the Vietnam War and lived in refugee camps with his family before coming to the United States.

Sen. Hawj received his B.A. in 1990 in Theatre and File and Computer Science from the University of Kansas. He earned his M.S. in Applied Science and Technology from New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001.

In 2016, he was selected to be a member of the Subcommittee on Equity, which secured $35 million in ongoing funding to address racial disparities in Minnesota. Sen. Hawj prioritizes foreclosure prevention, protecting the environment, improving education, and strengthening senior health care.

Prior to being elected to the Minnesota Senate, Sen. Hawj worked as a videographer and scriptwriter, producing Hmong environmental videos. He lives at the south end of Lake Phalen and enjoys spending time outside when he is not working.

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    I am blessed to have this picture taken in Longtien, Laos during the Secret War in 1965. "Happy Father's Day" or I should say Happy Parents Day and to all good moms and dads. - SFH ...

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    Senator Foung Hawj will kickoff WaterFest 2017 this Saturday at 11am in the vicinity of the Phalen Lake Amphitheater. Let's "make waves" together. ...

    WaterFest 2017

    June 3, 2017, 11:00am - June 3, 2017, 4:00pm

    Explore. Learn. Experience. WaterFest is a free celebration of our clean lakes and offers outdoor fun and opportunities for hands-on learning about the water quality, wildlife, and special ecological features of our beautiful watershed. We partner with St. Paul Parks and Recreation's Get Outdoors Day to bring you even more fun! Activities for all ages including: * Fishing lessons * Canoe/paddling lessons * Free rental of paddleboats, kayaks and canoes * Live critters * Live music and dancing * Food trucks * Student exhibits * Water Bar * Native plant information and give aways * Passport game with great prizes * Face painting * Bounce castle * Lawn games * Yoga * Arts and Crafts * And more! Details at

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    "What are we to fear when we are a country with principle and good moral? What are we to fear when we are a country of law and order? What are we to fear when are are a state (MN) with compassion?"

    Senator Hawj speaks gainst the provision to freeze current rules related to driver's license identity verification on the Omnibus Judiciary and Public Safety Bill (HF 470).


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