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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006


Contact: Aleli Samson

November 14, 2008

(202) 775-9555


Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, congratulates newly elected Asian Pacific American members of Congress, Steve Austria and Gregorio “Kilili” Camacho Sablan. With these election outcomes, the total of Asian Pacific American members of Congress will increase to ten.

Representing Ohio’s 7th Congressional District in the House of Representatives, Steve Austria will become Ohio’s first Asian Pacific American representative in Congress. Gregorio “Kilili” Camacho Sablan will be the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands’ (CNMI) first delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. CNMI’s At-large delegate position was created in May 2008.

“NAPABA is pleased with the upcoming improvement in Asian Pacific American diversity in our federal law-making body,” said Helen B. Kim, President of NAPABA. “We look forward to working with Mr. Austria and Mr. Sablan on issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans nationwide.”

Of Filipino descent, Mr. Austria has been a Republican member of the Ohio Senate, representing Ohio’s 10th District, since 2001. He was a member of Ohio’s House of Representatives from 1998 to 2000.

Mr. Sablan, who ran for office as an Independent party candidate, is currently executive director for the Commonwealth Election Commission. Prior to the Commission, he held various positions in the executive and legislative branches of CNMI’s government. Mr. Sablan has also served as Special Assistant to Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI).


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 57 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.


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