Hello and Welcome
My name is Jay Xiong, and I am running for State Representative in House District 67B on the East Side of St. Paul.
Forty years ago, my family came to this country as immigrants and refugees. Like any other American family, we settled here because we fell in love with this city as a place to live, to work, and play because we believed in the American dream.
I am a lifelong resident of St. Paul. In my 35 years of life, I have been a proud resident of St. Paul and I have seen the changes that have come and gone. Some things in the community have changed for the better, while other things have not. In many instances, the important changes did not always reflect our community.
As a proud graduate of St. Paul Public Schools, I know first-hand the struggles that our children face in the education system. I also recognize the challenges that our teachers must navigate. Education has always been an integral part of my family’s refugee story. Because we know that education is the key to the future. Education is an important part of my platform.
It was my teachers who inspired me and helped propel me to study at St. Olaf College, in the same Northfield community where a single generation before, the great and late US Senator Paul Wellstone had taught across the river at Carleton. After St. Olaf, I came back home to St. Paul to make a life in public service.
In the years since, I have organized voter registration drives, organized the community for engagement, run political campaigns, and most proudly, I have had the honor to serve the great people of our state on the staff in the state legislature.
At the capitol, I have had the pleasure to help impact legislation great and small that affects our everyday life. I worked with DFL lawmakers on increasing the state’s minimum wage, legalizing same-sex marriage, pushing earned sick and safe time for Minnesota workers, passing the Women's Economic Security Act (WESA) to protect working mothers, increase opportunities in employment equality for women, funding our Minnesota Hmong-Lao veterans with a commemorative memorial and many more.
As our State Representative Sheldon Johnson retires this year, he will leave a void. His are great shoes to fill, and I will spend every moment as your State Representative to filling those shoes and moving our neighborhood to new heights. I will carry on the fight for equity and resources for our community at the state legislature.