Vietnamese Catholic Elected to Congress

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The first Vietnamese-American elected to
Congress says it's something he felt "called to do, literally, in
the religion sense."

In an election that was postponed a month by Hurricane Gustav,
Republican Joe Cao defeated New Orleans Congressman William
Jefferson, a Democrat who was dogged by corruption allegations.

The 41-year-old Cao, who's Catholic, was born in Vietnam and fled the country at the age of 8 when Saigon fell to the Communists.

He earned a degree in philosophy from Fordham University, a Jesuit college in New York, and moved to Louisiana in 1992 as a seminarian. He earned his law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans.

In terms of policy, Cao says, "The only thing I am certain of
is that I am anti-abortion."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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