Born in South Vietnam, Al and his family fled to the U.S. in 1975 after the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. Soon after, they relocated to Houston and made it their permanent home. Al graduated from the University of Houston in 1989 and earned his law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Because of his deeply held beliefs in democracy, Al volunteered to travel to Vietnam in the early 1990s with a Vietnamese group to promote freedom, democracy, and human rights. Despite being American citizens, the Socialist government imprisoned Al and many of his fellow advocates for their work and held them in solitary confinement for 15 months. The U.S. government and Senators John McCain, Phil Gramm and Bob Krueger, intervened and eventually won their release as part of normalizing relations between the two countries.
Today, Al has a successful criminal defense law practice and is a widely published author on topics related to democracy and human rights. He was elected a Houston City Council Member in December 2009 and re-elected in 2011, serving until the end of 2013. He was the first Vietnamese-American on Houston City Council.
While on Council, his top priority was to enhance the community’s quality of life by improving public safety, increasing economic development, and providing proactive service to residents of District F. Al is a principled conservative who is dedicated to cutting taxes, reducing regulations, enhancing the business friendly climate, and fighting for our schools. Al believes in human rights for all, including the unborn, and he will work with Texas Right to Life to protect the innocent.
Al is a devoted family man with Christian values. He and his wife, Diana, and their three children, are members of Christ Incarnate Word Catholic Church in Alief. He has served on several civic boards, and is the past president of the Vietnamese Community of Houston & Vicinities.