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Filipino American Wins Ohio Congressional Seat

Inquirer.net, news report, Posted: Nov 08, 2008



LOS ANGELES The son of a Filipino doctor who fought alongside U.S. forces in the Philippines during World War II has won the seat for Ohios 7th congressional district. Steve Austria, a Republican state senator from Beavercreek, beat Democratic candidate Sharen Neuhardt in the presidential elections, capturing 59 percent of the votes versus Neuhart's 41 percent. He is also the second American of Filipino descent to serve in Congress, after Robert Cortez Scott, a Democrat, who is currently serving his eighth term as Virginias 3rd district representative.

Scott is a key supporter of President-elect Barack Obama and a longtime member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Scotts maternal grandfather is a Filipino, identified in an online article in Asianjournal.com as Valentin Cortez Hamlin. According to Asianjournal.com, Valentin stowed away on a ship in the Philippines bound for the United States.


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