This community raised me, this community shaped my values and this community gave me a voice.
I was born in White Center, raised in Burien and currently live in West Seattle. As the son of Vietnamese refugees, my family was able to settle in Washington with assistance from social services. My experiences growing up in an immigrant community and being raised by a single mother due to a tragic accident that rendered my father quadriplegic when I was only 7 years old, informs much of my service today.
I serve on the Board of Directors for Wellspring Family Services, which works on issues related to family homelessness and is committed to housing 2,000 children and their families in the next two years. Part of the board’s work includes advocacy, and we were able to pass Wellspring’s first bill (HB2861) providing support for trauma-informed care, which was signed by the Governor in the 2018 session.
Appalled by the police murder of Burien resident Tommy Le in 2017, I have been dedicated to working on issues of police accountability and reform.
Professionally, I am a Senior Manager at Microsoft working to provide job training that supports all people with the skills needed to succeed in this rapidly changing, technologically dependent economy. I have experience managing multi-million dollar budgets and will be accountable and efficient with our tax dollars.
In my first term in the Washington Senate, I have been proud to sponsor a wide portfolio of legislation that expanded the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, worked to alleviate climate change through increased car emission standards and taking steps to fix our criminal legal system by diverting youths away from jails and toward community services. Now I am working on a budget that protects critical programs serving underprivileged communities.
I am a father of three energetic children under the age of 5, and live in West Seattle with my wife, Tallie, a former special education teacher in the Highline Public School District.