Senator Joe Nguyen

Senator, Washington State Senate

Sen. Joe Nguyen was born in White Center, raised in Burien and currently lives in West Seattle. His experiences growing up in an immigrant community as the son of Vietnamese refugees and being raised by a single mother informs much of his service today. Since being elected, Sen. Nguyen has used his time in office to advocate for those who have been historically underrepresented, and to push for progressive legislation that provides services to those in need. He prioritizes criminal justice reform, environmental health, and progressive tax reform. Sen. Nguyen is the vice chair of the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee and a member of the Transportation Committee, the Rules Committee and the Environment, Energy & Technology Committee. Sen. Nguyen grew up in White Center and lives in West Seattle with his wife Tallie, a former special education teacher in the Highline Public School District, and their three young children.

Senator is speaking at

July 17, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


  • Gregg Orton (Moderator) National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
  • Senator Joe Nguyen (Speaker) Senator, Washington State Senate
  • Alex Lee (Speaker) Assemblymember, State of California, 25th Assembly District
  • Krystal Ka'ai (Speaker) Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
  • Erika Moritsugu (Speaker) Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Senior Liaison, White House
  • Congressman Ted Lieu (Speaker) Congressman, California 33rd Congressional District, United States House of Representatives


The AAPI electorate is a formidable community with the power to shape and influence elections down the ticket throughout the U.S. As AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the country, it is essential that our community remain vigilant about voting and achieving representation at a proportional rate to elected office.

This closing plenary features a panel of rising AAPI officials at the local, state, and federal levels from across the country. Discussions will focus on their respective paths to elected office, challenges they face in their roles as AAPI officials, and the urgent need to pass the most significant voting rights and democracy reform in more than half a century: The For the People Act.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).

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