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Georgia announces its first AAPI caucus ahead of historic 2023

  • Georgia lawmakers on Monday announced the formal creation of the state’s first-ever bipartisan Georgia Legislative Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus.
  • The AAPI caucus will consist of 12 founding members, including Rep. Sam Park (D, GA-101), who currently serves as the House Minority Caucus Whip, Rep. Bee Nguyen (D, GA-89) and 11 voting members from the state’s House and Senate for the 2023 legislative session.
  • This will mark the highest number of AAPI legislators in the state’s history once the Georgia Legislative AAPI Caucus formally assembles at the beginning of the new legislative session on Jan. 9, 2023.
  • “The AAPI community in Georgia is an asset that significantly contributes to the state's economic growth and prosperity through paying taxes, creating jobs and launching small businesses," Rep.-elect Farooq Mughal (D, GA-105), also a founding member of the caucus, said.
  • Other founding members include Rep. Charlice Byrd (R, GA-20), Rep. Marvin Lim (D, GA-99), Rep.-elect Saira Draper (D, GA-90), Rep.-elect Soo Hong (R, GA-103), Rep.-elect Ruwa Romman (D, GA-97), Rep.-elect Long Tran (D, GA-80), Sen. Michelle Au (D, GA-50), Sen. Sheikh Rahman (D, GA-5) and Sen.-elect Nabilah Islam (D, GA-7).

Georgia lawmakers have formally created the state’s first-ever Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) caucus consisting of bipartisan members from Georgia’s House and Senate, officials announced on Monday.

The bipartisan group, called the Georgia Legislative Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus, will consist of 12 founding members and 11 voting members from the state’s House and Senate for the 2023 legislative session.

Vietnamese American Bee Nguyen wins Democratic nomination for Georgia secretary of state

  • Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen (D, GA-89) defeated former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D, GA-91) in the primary runoff on Tuesday to become the official Democratic nominee for secretary of state in Georgia.
  • Nguyen is set to face Republican incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the general election in November.
  • “For the first time in our state’s history, an Asian American woman is going to be a nominee on a statewide ticket,” the 40-year-old said.
  • Nguyen, who became the first Vietnamese American elected to Georgia’s General Assembly when she was elected to the State House in 2017, will be the first Asian American elected to statewide office if she wins in November.

Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen (D, GA-89) is the official Democratic nominee for secretary of state in Georgia after she defeated former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D, GA-91) in the primary runoff on Tuesday. 

Nguyen, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, is set to face Republican incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the general election in November.