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Foung Hawj

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Foung Hawj
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Minnesota State Senate, District 67
In office
January 8, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas
Master'sRochester Institute of Technology
Place of birthLaos, Vietnam
ProfessionMultimedia Producer, Digital Motion LLC
Office website
Foung Hawj is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 67. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hawj served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment and Energy
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development


Campaign themes


Hawj's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Foreclosure Prevention

  • Excerpt: "St. Paul’s East Side has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the metropolitan area. It is destroying families and neighborhoods. I will make sure that mortgage companies are doing everything to help homeowners keep their homes."

Job Development and Training Opportunities

  • Excerpt: "I plan to create jobs by supporting small businesses, entrepreneurs and green initiatives. I will work with city leaders to market the East Side to attract businesses and make sure that companies hire locally."

Quality Education

  • Excerpt: "I will fight hard to promote quality education for the East Side, and close the student achievement gap by holding the state to its commitment to our school. "

Better Healthcare for Seniors

  • Excerpt: "I will fight for more affordable healthcare for our elderly and make sure that they have adequate supports in their own homes."

Environmental and Green Initiatives

  • Excerpt: "We are blessed to have beautiful parks and green spaces throughout the East Side. The Mississippi River is a national treasure in our backyard. I will support efforts to protect, improve, and expand our green spaces and natural resources."



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Hawj won election in the 2012 election for Minnesota State Senate, District 66. He defeated Tom Dimond and Robert Humphrey in the Democratic primary on August 14 and defeated Mike Capistrant (R) in the general election on November 6.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 67, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFoung Hawj 72.8% 21,630
     Republican Mike Capistrant 27.2% 8,094
Total Votes 29,724
Minnesota State Senate, District 67 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFoung Hawj 36.6% 2,142
Robert Humphrey 49.6% 2,897
Tom Dimond 13.8% 806
Total Votes 5,845


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Hawj was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate for District 67 of the Minnesota State Senate. The primary election was on August 10, 2010 and the general election was on November 2, 2010. John Harrington advanced to the general election.[4]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hawj is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hawj raised a total of $68,921 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 29, 2013.[5]

Foung Hawj's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State Senate, District 67 Won $68,921
2010 Minnesota State Senate, District 67 Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $68,921


Hawj won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hawj raised a total of $68,291.
Minnesota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Foung Hawj's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$10,798
Heu, Foung$1,500
Tseng, So Way$500
St. Paul Pipefitters Local 435$500
Ko, Jeff$500
Total Raised in 2012$68,291
Source:Follow the Money


Hawj lost the election for the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Hawj raised a total of $0.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.

Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."[6]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.


In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.

Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."[7]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[8]
Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."[9]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[10]


Hawj received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 57th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Harrington (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 67
Succeeded by