Asian American Action Fund Proudly Endorses Cort Van Ostran for Congress

National Asian American Democratic PAC supports up and coming star in St. Louis suburbs

The Asian American Action Fund (, a national Democratic PAC, proudly supports Cort VanOstran for Congress for Missouri’s Second Congressional District, which has a significant Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) population at 5 percent. Cort VanOstran is a dynamic young lawyer and lecturer at Washington University who is running on access to health care, a major concern of the AAPI community and of the Second Congressional District, which is home to many health care professionals. In recent polling, Van Ostran leads Rep. Wagner by 2 points and he has outraised her for most of the campaign cycle.

Cort VanOstran said, “I’m so honored to receive the Asian American Action Fund’s endorsement and to have the support of local Asian American leaders. I’m running for Congress because I’m determined to put the people of Missouri before establishment politics. I’m here to work hard, listen to residents of the district, and to discuss issue priorities including health care, education, jobs, and immigration.”

Cort was born and raised in small town Missouri, the son of a flight paramedic and a substitute teacher. When Cort was eight years old, his father died, leaving his mother to raise him and his younger brother and sister. Cort graduated from public school and went to Harvard on scholarship. A few years ago, his mom died of breast cancer, which has led him to focus on making sure that other families can afford the steep costs of health care.

Caroline Fan, AAAFund’s Endorsement Chair Emeritus and Communications Director, stated, “The Asian American Action Fund joins the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and many other organizations in full support of Cort VanOstran over incumbent Republican Ann Wagner. Cort shares many of our community values and is interested in our community’s concerns, and has held a number of events in the Asian American community.”

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The Asian American Action Fund (AAAFund) is an American Democratic political action committee founded in 1999. AAAFund’s goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in every level of local, state and federal government in the United States.

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