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Republican Firsts

By on 12.7.08 | 6:13PM

Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao, a man who earned degrees in law, philosophy and physics, is the first Vietnemese-American to be elected to Congress. He will represent Louisiana's 2nd District.  Democrats received plenty of accolades when they elected the first Muslim to Congress, Keith Ellison, representing Minnesota's 5th District, yet Republicans are responsible for their share of notable firsts.

The first (non-elected) African-American Governor was P.B.S. Pinchback, who represented Louisiana and who  was a Republican.

Louisiana was also the first state to elect an Indian-American as Governor, the now famous political prodigy, Bobby Jindal.

Maybe there is a secret in that Louisiana soil.

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