The Associated Press January 11, 2011, 3:01PM ET

Ex-Rep. Cao helping Vietnamese in oil spill claims

Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Cao of New Orleans has a new job.

Cao (pronounced Gow), who lost a re-election bid last year, was the nation's first Vietnamese-American congressman. He is now working for the independent agency that administers BP PLC's $20 billion oil spill claims fund. According to Cao aide Murray Nelson, Cao's job is to help members of the Vietnamese community affected by the Gulf oil spill -- from Texas to Florida -- in their communications with claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg.

Cao was with Feinberg on Monday during a visit to Grand Isle.


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