Anh "Joseph" Cao

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Anh Cao currently serves the 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana

Anh 'Joseph' Cao has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 2nd district of the State of Louisiana, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies


Cao is the only Republican who voted for the Affordable Health Care for America Act.[1] Under the bill[2] that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on November 7, 2009: "insurance companies could no longer deny coverage based on preexisting conditions or abandon people if they become sick. It would require coverage for young adults through their parents' plans and eliminate the gap in prescription drug coverage. And, people who lose their jobs would be able to continue their insurance coverage. Additionally, middle-income Americans who could not afford coverage could obtain subsidized health care benefits under a government plan (a "public option") or through a corporate plan via a new insurance marketplace in which the government would help negotiate for reduced cost comprehensive policies, by 2013." For putting the good of the country above party loyalty to vote for health care reform, Cao has been called "the Good Joe" in contrast with Senator Joe Lieberman, who has threatened to help filibuster the reforms. [3]

Cao has previously said he supports developing a market based solution to healthcare based on three principles: local solutions, care centered around patients, and making quality care accessible for all. His goal is to have neighborhood medical homes that are connected and focused on prevention. [4]

Ethics Reform

Cao supports increased openness and transparency in Congress. He says "We cannot cut wasteful spending and inefficient government systems until we are willing to expose those who support them. While we cannot ‘legislate morality’ we can certainly demand moral and ethical behavior from those who have been elected to serve." [4]

Hurricane Recovery

Cao says he will work to ensure that the 100 year flood protection plan is fully funded, offshore oil revenues are distributed fairly and quickly. He also says that he will work to make stealing from victims of declared disasters a federal crime, and that cheating contractors are caught. [4]

Public Safety

To reduce crime rates, Cao says he supports increasing funding for first responders,using community policing initiatives for deterrence and working with organizations to keep youth out of trouble. [4]


2008 elections

Cao was the Republican nominee to challenge Rep. William Jefferson (R-La.) in the 2008 congressional elections. [5] Cao won the election Dec. 6 congressional election.[6]

This is a profile of a freshman U.S. Representative in the 111th Congress. (See the Louisiana portal for all incumbents, candidates and blogs.)
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Campaign contributions

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Committees and affiliations


Cao has not yet been assigned to any committees in the 111th Congress.


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Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray, "House Democrats pass health-care bill; One Republican votes for plan Senate will act next on legislation," Washington Post (November 8, 2009), available at
  2. Here is the bill as approved by the House Rules Committee for a vote: Here is the floor manager's amendment to the bill: Here is the anti-abortion amendment to the bill that passed on the floor: And, here is the sponsor's summary of the key provisions of the legislation that passed the House:
  3. Lisa Graves, Center for Media and Democracy, "House Passes Health Reforms; 'The Good Joe'--Rep. Joseph Cao Not Cowed," November 8, 2009, available at
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Joesph Cao for Congress- Issues
  5. 2008 Race Tracker page on Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District
  6. Louisiana,, retrieved December 7, 2008

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External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Orleans Parish Board of Election Supervisors
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1. 400 Poydras Street 30th Floor, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-717-7551 / Fax:

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Date of Birth: March 13, 1967