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People of Hmong descent a growing force in Minnesota politics

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Minnesota has one of the largest Hmong communities in the United States. Migration started in the 1970s and census data shows that more than 85,000 Hmong people live in Minnesota.

At the state Legislature, the Hmong community is more visible than ever. Since 2002, eight Hmong lawmakers have served in the House and Senate. Four of them were newly elected last fall. 

On Friday, March 8, Angela Davis spoke with three of those new Hmong lawmakers: Rep. Jay Xiong, DFL-St. Paul; Rep. Tou Xiong, DFL-Maplewood; and Rep. Samantha Vang, DFL-Brooklyn Center. She asked about their path to the State Capitol and what issues they hear about most from Hmong constituents. 

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