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Joseph Cao

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2009
Preceded by William J. Jefferson

Born March 13, 1967 (1967-03-13) (age 42)
Saigon, South Vietnam
Birth name Cao Quang Ánh
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Hieu "Kate" Hoang[1]
Children Sophia and Betsy[1]
Residence New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Alma mater Jersey Village High School,[2] near Houston, Texas
Baylor University
Fordham University
Loyola University New Orleans
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Anh "Joseph" Quang Cao (Vietnamese: Cao Quang Ánh, with Cao pronounced /ˈɡaʊ/ "gow" in English;[3] born March 13, 1967) is a New Orleans lawyer and the current U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. On December 6, 2008, Cao defeated nine-term Democratic U.S. Representative William Jefferson with 49.6 percent of the vote to Jefferson's 46.8 percent.

Cao is the first Vietnamese American, as well as the first native of Vietnam, to serve in Congress, and the first Republican to serve in his district since 1890; his district usually votes overwhelmingly Democratic.[4] Cao is the least affluent member of Louisiana's delegation (including the state's two senators) in Congress: as of 2009 his assets were no greater than $195,000 and his potential liabilities mounting to $215,000, including student loans for himself and his wife.[5]

Cao previously ran unsuccessfully as an independent for District 103 of the Louisiana House of Representatives.[6] He was a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention during Hurricane Gustav, during which time his home was flooded.[7] At the time of his election to Congress, Cao was a member of the Orleans Parish Board of Election Supervisors, appointed to the Board by Governor Bobby Jindal.[8]

A devout Roman Catholic, Cao served as a board member for Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church's Community Development Corporation[9] which assists Vietnamese-Americans with hurricane relief,[10] and is a member of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.[11]



Cao's father, My Quang Cao (born 1931), was a lieutenant in the South Vietnamese Army and was captured by the North Vietnamese Army at the end of the Vietnam War. His mother, Khang Thi Tran (born 1935), did not immediately flee South Vietnam, staying with five of Cao's siblings and allowed to visit her husband only five times during the seven years he was imprisoned in a Communist "re-education camp". Cao was eight years old when he went to the United States in 1975 with two other siblings and an uncle as a refugee.[12] Once released, Cao's father joined his family in Houston, Texas, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and diabetes.[13]

Cao is married to Hieu “Kate” Hoang; they have two daughters — Sophia and Betsy. The Caos live in New Orleans' Venetian Isles neighborhood. Kate and Joseph met, in 1998, at the Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church in New Orleans East and the family has attended there since. After the 2008 election, Kate, an alumna of the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy and a registered pharmacist, resigned from her position at a New Orleans Walgreens pharmacy.[14]


Cao almost became a Roman Catholic priest. He graduated from Jersey Village High School in Houston. He then earned a bachelor's degree in physics at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He was a Jesuit seminarian for six years, but abandoned it, realizing it was not his vocation.[15] He earned his master's degree in philosophy from Fordham University and, in 2000, his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. While in law school, he also taught undergraduate courses in philosophy at Loyola.[16]

Law practice

Cao used his legal training and experience in immigration issues. He taught at a parochial school in Virginia and volunteered at Boat People SOS (BPSOS) to assist Vietnamese refugees and immigrants and help organize Vietnamese-American communities toward self-sufficiency. He served as a board member of BPSOS from September 1996 to March 2002. After working with Waltzer & Associates, Cao opened his own law practice specializing in immigration law. He decided to enter politics after seeing the government response to Hurricane Katrina, and soon became involved in leading New Orleans East residents to oppose a landfill.[17]

Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District election, 2008

The situation, endorsements, campaign dynamics, and results gave the election significance far beyond the boundaries of the district.


Incumbent U.S. Representative William J. Jefferson won the Democratic primaries in 2008. Jefferson had weathered a major challenge in the Louisiana 2nd congressional district election, 2006, overcoming allegations that he had inappropriately used members of a Louisiana Army National Guard unit to reach his home during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.[18]

In 2008 Jefferson also faced federal charges of bribery involving Nigerian business interests and was perceived as vulnerable, with only 25 percent of Democrats voting for him in the Democratic primary. Jefferson faced six African-American challengers, along with newscaster Helena Moreno.[19] In a runoff primary, Jefferson defeated Moreno by 57 percent to 43 percent in a vote largely along racial lines. Unopposed for the Republican nomination, Cao ran against Jefferson, as did Green Party candidate Malik Rahim and Libertarian Party candidate Gregory Kahn.[20] An earlier candidate, independent Jerry Jacobs, had withdrawn.[21]


On November 30, the New Orleans Times-Picayune endorsed Cao in an editorial,[22] while on its op-ed page columnist James Gill stated that Jefferson's reelection "is not going to happen".[23] The prospect of a serious general election in the heavily African American and Democratic 2nd district was startling, as the last Republican to represent the district was Hamilton D. Coleman, who left office in 1891.[24]

Cao's candidacy received the endorsements of the Alliance for Good Government, the Family Research Council's Action PAC, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, Stacy Head, and singer/entertainer Pat Boone.[25] In the final days of the campaign, Democrats Helena Moreno, who was defeated by Jefferson in the Democratic primary runoff election, and former District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr., endorsed Cao and recorded telephone messages to be played to voters. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin announced his support for Jefferson during the Democratic primary elections. The New Orleans Gambit Weekly, citing its opposition to Jefferson's alleged corruption and to Cao's noncommittal statements on embryonic stem-cell research, made no endorsement.[26]


At first, Jefferson, as indicated by the New York Times on the day after his winning the Democratic nomination, was "heavily favored" to win against a Republican challenger.[27]

The campaign was characterized by what Jefferson's campaign called "overly negative" tactics on behalf of Cao's campaign by outside organizations, such as the National Republican Congressional Committee. References were made to Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's removal of Jefferson from the House Ways and Means Committee and entailed what USA Today termed a "barrage"[28] of automated telephone calls, including from a woman who identified herself as "Katy" and who cited Jefferson's federal indictment on 16 counts of corruption. In a meeting of African-American ministers, Reverend Samuel Butler claimed the reason was to "disenfranchise" African-American voters, which motivated Cao advisor and political mentor, former New Orleans City Council member Bryan Wagner[29] to reply: "with Rev. Butler's imagination, he may want to go to work for Walt Disney."[30]

On December 6, the Times-Picayune reiterated its endorsement of Cao, pointing to President-Elect Barack Obama's efforts on behalf of Democrat Paul Carmouche in the simultaneous election in Louisiana's 4th congressional district and Obama's non-involvement in efforts to support Jefferson.[31]

On 2009 August 5, Jefferson was found guilty on 11 of the 16 indictment counts. His lawyers immediately promised to appeal the jury decision.[32]


CNN, at 10:20 PM CST of the election day, projected Cao to win.[33] Complete unofficial results on the Louisiana Secretary of State's web site showed Cao with 33,122 (49.55%), Jefferson 31,296 (46.82%), Kahn 548 (0.82%), and Rahim 1,880 (2.81%).[34] Jefferson won by 23,197 to 20,246 in Orleans Parish, where 21 of the 392 precincts showed zero votes for Cao.[35] Cao, however, more than made up the difference with a margin of 12,696 to the incumbent's 8,099 in Jefferson Parish.[36] A post-election map analysis by the Times-Picayune showed the election result as having depended on higher turnout in the precincts favorable to Cao.[37]

After speaking by telephone 4 days after the election, on December 31, 2008, Wednesday, Jefferson and Cao met cordially at the home of New Orleans' Liberty Bank CEO Alden McDonald to discuss the transition.[38]

Significance declared Cao's victory one of America's "Top 10 Political Upsets" of 2008.[39]

Cao is the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress. Cao's win rendered the 2nd District by far the most Democratic district in the nation to be represented by a Republican; the district has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+28.[40]

Cao's victory over a tainted incumbent became a cause for celebration among many in Louisiana. As stated by Jeff Crouere in his column Ringside Politics, "The victory strikes a major blow against the reputation of Louisiana as a corrupt state".[41]

House GOP members were particularly vocal in their glee over Cao's defeat of the Democrat. Among many other statements, House minority leader John Boehner asserted Cao's win as "a symbol of our future" in a memorandum with "The Future Is Cao" as its subject line.[42]

Congressional career

California Congressman Ed Royce and his wife welcoming newly elected Congressman Joseph Cao and his wife outside Cao's office

Cao was sworn into office on January 6, 2009, with his family and a group of Vietnamese-Americans in attendance. After the official swearing-in by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Jefferson Parish Judge Robert Murphy readministered the oath in Cao's new office.[29]

Despite the tardiness of the election date, Cao was able to set up his office and staff and to gain committee assignments for the 111th Congress. On March 24, 2009, 11 weeks to the day after he was sworn in as a new member, Cao delivered his first speech on the House floor—a statement supporting a bill by California Democrat Linda Sanchez to express congressional support of Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.[43]

Cao, with the support of congressional Republicans who collectively had an entitlement to 40 percent of earmarks for federal projects, soon set about to "bring home the bacon" for his district. His requested projects totaled $1.2 billion, approximately three times the average for the other six members of Louisiana's U.S. House delegation. Support by Louisiana's Democratic United States Senator Mary Landrieu and by lobbyist and former United States Representative Bob Livingston rendered several of the projects credible for congressional approval[44].

Livingston represented the adjoining First Congressional District of Louisiana from 1977 to 1998. Cao has also shown interest in environmental issues, saying in a meeting at Loyola University New Orleans on April 16, 2009: "I recognize there is an issue of global warming that we have to address."[45]

Cao was invited to a White House reception on April 23, 2009, at which time Cao presented the President with a letter requesting $490 million for post-Katrina restoration of New Orleans' Charity Hospital (FEMA had offered $150 million). Cao also spoke with Vice President Joe Biden regarding the recovery and met with White House social secretary Desiree Rogers.[46]


Cao quickly assembled a staff, including former state representative Rosalind Peychaud, a Democrat, as his deputy chief of staff.

Cao's Deputy Chief of Staff Rosalind Peychaud at Southeastern Louisiana University's Business Perspectives Program 2009

The late date of Cao's election meant that he inherited Jefferson's office, 2113, in the Rayburn House Office Building, despite the difference in seniority. Writing in the Times-Picayune, Jonathan Tilove observed the notability of 2113 in the Rayburn Building due to its being, as Jefferson's former location, the only congressional office ever raided by the FBI.[47] By the middle of February 2009 Cao had hired most of his staff.[48]

In April 2009 Cao's district staff moved into what was reputed to be—by Kenner, Louisiana, mayor Ed Muniz — "Kenner's first-ever office for a sitting congressman". The office was formerly a storeroom in Kenner's Community Services Department at 624 Williams Boulevard (LA 49).[49]

Committee assignments

After confirmation by the House Republican Conference, Cao was assigned to the Homeland Security Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.[50]


Interest in Congressional Black Caucus

From the outset of Cao's congressional service, his relationship to the Congressional Black Caucus remained uncertain. George Mason University political scientist Michael K. Fauntroy described Cao's expressed interest in joining as "a very smart move"

It sends a message to black voters in his district that, even though he's a Republican, he is doing more than just paying lip service to the history of the district ... I don't expect it to work out, but if it doesn't, to me the caucus will look bad on this.


Cao told the Times-Picayune that President Obama should receive a letter grade of "A" for his first 100 days in office. Cao cited as his reason for such a high mark Obama's "working with us in this whole recovery process" (in reference to Hurricane Katrina). [52]

Recall drive

Among the bills which came to the floor during Cao's first days in Congress, Cao voted against the Obama Administration's stimulus package. Cao justified his votes on expressed dissatisfaction that his 2nd congressional district of Louisiana ranked dead last among the 435 congressional districts in outlays provided by the legislation even though the district was one of the most seriously damaged by hurricanes. His vote provoked a petition to recall Cao, which formally began on February 16, 2009. Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne and other Louisiana officials, as well as congressional analysts, perceived it as having little or no prospect of succeeding.[53] Although the petition collected over 13,000 signatures on the first day, it needs over 100,000 within 180 days to fulfill Louisiana requirements, and Congress has never removed, and has no constitutional provision for removal of, a member because of constituents' recall.[54] Several leaders of the recall campaign, specifically the Reverends Samuel Butler and Toris Young, claimed to have been supporters of Cao, but Cao and his campaign manager Bryan Wagner asserted that they had never met them. After Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issued an opinion that the state cannot recall federal officials, Butler and Young announced that they would pursue the matter in the federal courts.[55] Young's ability to criticize Cao was mocked by Times-Picayune columnist James Gill because of his 11 convictions for fraud and identity theft.[56]

On March 1, 2009, the Times-Picayune reported that Obama had tried to reach Cao on his cellphone prior to the vote on the stimulus package but was unsuccessful; Cao acknowledged that Obama "might have been persuasive" with a "concrete commitment" to help the 2nd district and New Orleans.[57] Cao averred that the Obama administration's $410 billion omnibus spending bill for the final 7 months of Fiscal Year 2009 (ending September 30, 2009) "would provide important benefits for his 2nd Congressional District" and became one of 16 Republicans voting in favor of that bill.[58]

Before the recall petition, a separate petition had been started to recall New Orleans City Councilwoman Stacy Head, who is white but represents a predominantly black constituency after defeating Jefferson protégé Renée Gill Pratt in 2006. Head, a Democrat, supported Cao in the election on December 6, 2008. James Gill defended Head's support for Cao (who also is not white, but Asian) and asserted it was based not on race but on that "Jefferson ... is morally unfit for any public office."[59] The petition to recall Head failed to meet its statutory deadline.[60]

FEMA critic

On February 25, 2009, Cao grabbed headlines by announcing that his staff members were investigating the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) office in New Orleans. Cao, whose aversive relationship with the agency had started during his time as a community activist for victims of Hurricane Katrina, accused FEMA of a host of malfeasance charges, including "widespread complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, ethics violations, nepotism and cronyism."[61] Cao conveyed his concerns to the Obama administration's Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who promised that "we will obviously follow up."[62] The next day Cao's call for the resignation of Doug Whitmer, head of FEMA's New Orleans office, was bolstered by United States Senator Mary Landrieu,[63] whereupon the story spread on CBS News.[64] Popular reaction quickly pervaded New Orleans blogsites, one of them calling its discussion FEMA having a Cao.[65] On February 27, 2009, acting FEMA Director Nancy L. Ward replaced Whitmer with Tony Russell, previously an administrator in FEMA's Denver office.[66] Ward stripped Jim Stark of his immediate responsibilities for Louisiana's FEMA district, leaving him as FEMA assistant administrator for Gulf Coast recovery. Cao had also been critical of John Connolly, FEMA chief for Gulf Coast public assistance, whom Stark cited as his source of information on "how much public-assistance money FEMA should approve for local projects" (in a congressional hearing with Cao on February 25, 2009).[67] Connolly was previously with FEMA's Philadelphia office, and Cao asked rhetorically, "How many times has Philadelphia been hit by a hurricane?"[68] On March 5, 2009, Cao joined Napolitano, Jindal, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon, and other federal, state, and local officials on a tour of damaged areas in New Orleans, including the campus of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), where the group was led by SUNO President Victor Ukpolo.[69] Eleven days later, on March 16, Cao again visited the SUNO campus, pledging full support of Ukpolo's mission to rebuild the campus.[70] The seguing event on Cao's agenda during the same day was a fund-raising cocktail party at the home of bankers Stephen and Dana Hansel at which the admission contribution was $1000 a person and an unexpected guest was former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich[71] who was en route to lead a discussion in James Carville's political science class at Tulane University.[72] The Times-Picayune, in an editorial on March 19, 2009, praised Ukpolo and Cao in their efforts to secure funding for restoration of SUNO's campus.[73]

Health care

Cao was the only Republican to vote for the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) on November 7, 2009.[74][75]

Electoral history

Louisiana State Representative, 103rd Representative District, 2007[76]

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, October 20, 2007
Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Reed S. Henderson Democratic 1,376 (21.61%) Runoff
Mark Madary Republican 1,188 (18.66%) Runoff
"Mike" Bayham Republican 1,154 (18.13%) Defeated
Clay Cosse Republican 1,144 (17.97%) Defeated
Anh "Joseph" Cao Independent 895 (14.06%) Defeated
"Rob" Ruffino Democratic 609 (9.57%) Defeated
Second Ballot, November 17, 2007
Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Reed S. Henderson Democratic 3,143 (52.37%) Elected
Mark Madary Republican 2,858 (47.63%) Defeated

U. S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District, 2008[76]

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Anh "Joseph" Cao Republican 33,132 (49.54%) Elected
Bill Jefferson Democratic 31,318 (46.83%) Defeated
Others n.a. 2,432 (3.64%) Defeated


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  34. ^ "Louisiana Secretary of State Multi-Parish Elections Inquiry". Louisiana Secretary of State. December 6, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2008.   These results remained the same on becoming "official" after promulgation by the Jefferson Parish Board of Election Supervisors, the Orleans Parish Board of Election Supervisors, and the State Board of Election Supervisors.
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  38. ^ McDonald and fellow Jefferson supporters, the Rev. Tom Watson and Jefferson's campaign manager and former chief of staff, Eugene Green, attended the December 31, 2008 meeting. With Cao at the meeting was former Appeals Court Judge David Williams. Jonathan Tilove, "Cao's Star Already Rising in D.C." (Times-Picayune, January 5, 2009, Metro Edition, pp. A1, A4; URL retrieved January 11, 2009).
  39. ^ Alexander Burns, "Top 10 Political Upsets of 2008" posted December 29, 2008 retrieved January 7, 2009. Cao was supposed to be interviewed on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes but was repeatedly bumped by news stories related to Rod Blagojevich and Caylee Anthony. Cao was, however, interviewed on C-SPAN, broadcast January 11, 2009. See "Dance Cart a Little Too Full for Cao on Fox News Show" (retrieved January 12, 2008) in Times-Picayune, January 11, 2008, Metro Edition, p. A10.
  40. ^ Before Cao, the last Republican to represent a majority African-American congressional district was white attorney Webb Franklin for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district from 1983 to 1987. The last black Republican to represent a district with an African-American majority was Oscar Stanton De Priest, whose career representing Illinois' 1st congressional district ended in 1935. Besides numerous examples during the Reconstruction era and its aftermath, in the 20th century black Republicans Edward Brooke, Gary Franks, and J. C. Watts represented largely non-black constituencies in Congress.
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  42. ^ Grace, Stephanie (December 14, 2008). "Gleeful GOP mobs Cao bandwagon". Times-Picayune: p. B5. Retrieved December 20, 2008.   On March 27, 2009, Boehner participated in a fund-raising effort for Cao in New Orleans (Jonathan Tilove, 'Future is Cao' author visits Times-Picayune, March 28, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, p. A2).
  43. ^ In the speech, which was broadcast on C-Span, Cao said, of Vietnam War veterans:
    I am pleased that I, a direct beneficiary of their service, can take part ... in this historic event.
    The bill passed. Cao's speech had been written by his Legislative Director, A. Brooke Bennett. (Jonathan Tilove, Cao speech honors Vietnam veterans, Times-Picayune, March 25, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, p. A4 [web version accessed March 26, 2009. See also Jorge A. Maspons, Vietnam veteran applauds speech Times-Picayune, March 28, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B4.)
  44. ^ Tilove, Jonathan (April 15, 2009). "Rep. Anh 'Joseph' Cao seeks heaping helping of pork". Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2009-11-10.  
  45. ^ Cao, quoted in Molly Read, Carbon credits may fund coastal work, Times-Picayune, April 17, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. C6-C7. The quotation appears on p. C7. Web version = Wetlands restoration touted at panel discussion on climate change. Cf. Bruce Alpert, l Louisiana has much at stake in debate to reduce greenhouse emmissions [sic, Times-Picayune, April 16, 2009.
  46. ^ Tilove, Jonathan (Friday, April 24, 2009). "The following article is part of our archive Cao hands Obama letter on Charity Pitch on recovery made at reception". Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2009-11-10.  
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  49. ^ Cao carves out space for Kenner constituents, Times-Picayune, April 19, 2009, Metro Edition, p. A17 (for web version go to Bruce Alpert & Jonathan Tilove's "On the Hill" and scroll down).
  50. ^ Gerard Shields, "Lawmakers Get Assignments" in the Advocate (Baton Rouge) (accessed January 12, 2008); cf. the earlier article by Jonathan Tilove, "Cao Learns Which Panels He'll Get" in Times-Picayune, January 9, 2008 Metro Edition, p. A4, which mentioned Cao's desire to take the seat previously occupied by Jefferson on the Ways & Means Committee, which would have been a long shot for a freshman; instead, Charles Boustany, a Republican reelected from Louisiana's 7th congressional district, was assigned to Ways & Means.
  51. ^ Fauntroy, quoted by Jonathan Tilove in the Times-Picayune, December 19, 2008, p. A15 (Tilove's entire article "Cao Tries to Crack Black Caucus" appears on pp. A1 and A15 of the Saint Tammany Edition).
  52. ^ Jonathan Tilove, "Obama's first 100 days are graded on a curve" in Times-Picayune (New Orleans), April 29, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A6 (the Cao quotation appears twice on p. A1); web version = "Louisiana's congressional delegation grades President Obama's first 100 days from A to L"
  53. ^ Jonathan Tilove, "Effort to recall representative faces long odds" in Times-Picayune, February 19, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, p. A3.
  54. ^ Michelle Krupa, "Recall reports 13,000 signees" in Times-Picayune, February 20, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, p. A4. See also Bob Warren, Recall petitions face big obstacles in Times-Picayune, February 21, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B5.
  55. ^ Group Says It Will Seek Cao Recall In Federal Courts, WDSU-TV Channel 6, New Orleans, March 5, 2009 (accessed March 6, 2009).
  56. ^ Cao critic has own worries, Times-Picayune, March 8, 2009, Metro Edition, p. B5. On 2010 January 14 Young was again indicted, this time on bank fraud charges, by a grand jury of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Paul Purpura, Controversial pastor in new legal jam: Alleged bank scam follows 2006 plea in Times-Picayune, 2010 January 15, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. B1, B2).
  57. ^ Bruce Alpert & Jonathan Tilove, Cao phone too busy for the president, Times-Picayune, March 1, 2009, Metro Edition, p. A13.
  58. ^ Bruce Alpert & Jonathan Tilove, Cao on board with Demo spending bill, Times-Picayune, March 1, 2009, Metro Edition, p. A13.
  59. ^ James Gill, Of all the accusations against Stacy Head, only one sticks – she's white, Times-Picayune, March 18, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B5.
  60. ^ Frank Donze & Michelle Krupa, "Head hunters miss the mark in recall attempt" in Times-Picayune, May 9, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B3).
  61. ^ Jonathan Tilove, N.O. recovery office probed: Employees' complaints crippling, Times-Picayune, February 26, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A6.
  62. ^ Tilove, ibid.
  63. ^ Bruce Alpert & Jonathan Tilove, Landrieu, Cao call for FEMA official's resignation; Jonathan Tilove & Bruce Alpert, FEMA office chief is urged to quit, Times-Picayune, February 27, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A13; Gerard Shields, N.O. FEMA chief should resign, Landrieu, Cao say, Advocate (Baton Rouge), February 27, 2009, p. 1A, 4A (web version = Landrieu, Cao: N.O. FEMA chief should resign). Cao additionally called for the resignation of Jim Stark, director of FEMA's Louisiana office.
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Preceded by
William J. Jefferson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 2009 – present

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