Lebanese-Korean descendant is running for US Congress

Daniel Arrigg Koh, also known as Dan Koh, is an American politician and a descendant of Lebanese and Korean immigrants. He is running to represent Massachusetts in Congress. Koh, a Democrat, announced his campaign in a video last October. In the


, he said: “In many countries, a Korean-Lebanese family wouldn’t be possible. Here it just makes us American.” His maternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to Lawrence in the 1890s. His great-grandfather improved mill efficiency. Dan Koh’s paternal grandfather was a South Korean diplomat who settled in the United States after a military coup forced him into political exile, according to a


. These are Koh’s top priorities according to his campaign’s 



  • Expanding access to quality healthcare
  • Building an economy that works for everyone
  • Improving the educational system
  • Defending American values
  • Protecting the environment
  • Supporting seniors, veterans, and the families of servicewomen and men deployed overseas

Dan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard College and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. He served as the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Boston from 2014 to 2017 and was General Manager of HuffPost Live.

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