Bao Nguyen scores first significant Congressional endorsement


Today, U.S. Congressman Mark Takano announced his endorsement of Bao Nguyen for Congress in California’s 46th District. Representative Takano serves California’s 41st Congressional District, which includes the cities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris.

“Congressman Takano has a long record of serving the people of Riverside County. I admire his commitment to investing in his community and the impressive strides he has made in two terms in office,” said Mayor Nguyen. “As a proven leader, Congressman Takano broke down barriers when he became the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress. I am honored to receive his endorsement.”

Representative Takano offered Bao’s positions on improving education, growing the economy, and social justice reforms as reasons for his endorsement. He also cited a shared history of growing up in the immigrant community and struggling to overcome social barriers that he believes will enable Bao to be an effective reformer in Washington.

“Bao Nguyen and I have a common purpose: to serve the communities that raised us and helped us achieve our own American Dreams,” said Congressman Mark Takano. “I believe that Bao has the background and experience necessary to truly represent the diversity in CA-46, and I look forward to fighting for the people of Southern California with him in Congress.”

Bao Nguyen is running for Congress in California’s 46th district. Born in a UN refugee camp, Bao and his parents emigrated to the U.S. to escape oppression in communist Vietnam and achieve their own American Dream. Bao grew up in the district, attended Garden Grove public schools and graduated from Pacifica High School. After receiving a college degree from UC Irvine and a Master’s degree from Naropa University, Bao came back to Garden Grove to teach, before turning to public service. Bao – who speaks English, Spanish and Vietnamese – was elected in 2014 to a two-year term as the first Vietnamese American, first openly LGBTQ mayor of Garden Grove.

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