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In 2002, Mee Moua became the first person of Hmong descent in the United States to be elected a state legislator. She survived a five-candidate DFL primary and won special election to a state Senate seat representing the East Side of St. Paul. The native of Laos then won re-election twice in the heavily Democratic district. But in the waning hours of this year’s legislative session, she unexpectedly announced that this would be her final term at the Capitol.

Moua: Gang of One

In 2002, Mee Moua became the first person of Hmong descent in the United States to be elected a state legislator. She survived a five-candidate DFL primary and won special election to a state Senate seat representing the East Side of St. Paul. The native of Laos then won re-election twice in the heavily Democratic district. But in the waning hours of this year’s legislative session, she unexpectedly announced that this would be her final term at the Capitol.

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