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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006

November 8, 2012

Contact: Emily Chatterjee
(202) 775-9555


WASHINGTON - The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) applauds the historic number of Asian Pacific American candidates who were elected to serve in the 113th Congress on Tuesday. Included among the historic firsts were Senator-elect Mazie K. Hirono (HI), who will be the first Asian Pacific American female Senator in the history of the United States and the only woman of color in the new Senate, Representative-elect Tammy Duckworth (IL-08), the first Thai American woman and first woman with a disability ever elected to Congress, and Grace Meng (NY-06), the first Asian Pacific American to join the New York delegation to Congress.

"We are so proud that Senator-elect Mazie Hirono has been elected to serve in the U.S. Senate, representing the great state of Hawai'i. As a former NAPABA Trailblazer and member of the NAPABA Board of Governors, she is truly one of NAPABA's very own, and we congratulate her on her historic win," said Nimesh M. Patel, president of NAPABA. "NAPABA also wishes to congratulate all the new Asian Pacific American members elected to Congress, including Representatives-elect Tammy Duckworth and Grace Meng. We look forward to continuing to work with new and old members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in advancing the interests of the Asian Pacific American community."

Senator-elect Hirono has a long history of involvement with NAPABA, serving as Northwest Regional Governor on the NAPABA Board of Governors from 2004-2006. Since her election to the United States House of Representatives in 2006, she has met with NAPABA members during NAPABA's Annual Lobby Day and continued to strongly support efforts to diversify the federal bench. Senator-elect Hirono's previous public service includes two four-year terms as Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor and time in the Hawai'i State House of Representatives. When she is sworn in, she will claim the mantle of many firsts in the Senate: the first Asian Pacific American woman, the first Buddhist, and the first naturalized citizen of Asian descent. Senator-elect Hirono was named a NAPABA Trailblazer in 2001.

NAPABA looks forward to continuing our work with Senator-elect Hirono and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.


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 64 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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