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Janet Nguyen

California State Senator, District 36

Janet Nguyen represents California’s 36th Senate District. She is a former state senator for the 34th Senate District, former state assemblywoman for the 72nd District, and a former Orange County supervisor. She was the first woman to represent the 72nd Assembly District, the first Vietnamese-American in the country to be elected to serve in both the California State Senate and the California State Assembly, and the highest-ranking Vietnamese-American elected official in California. During her tenure as state senator, she was the highest-ranking Vietnamese-American elected official in California and the highest-ranking Vietnamese-American woman elected official in the United States. She also served on the Garden Grove City Council, where she was the youngest member ever elected. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and the Aspen Institute’s Aspen-Rodel Fellowship Leadership Program.

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