Cort VanOrsten

The Asian American Action Fund proudly endorses Cort VanOstran for United States Congress. 

Cort VanOstran is an attorney, advocate, and educator. He first engaged with politics as a volunteer precinct captain during Senator Claire McCaskill’s first race for the United States Senate. He has since been involved in work for more than a dozen campaigns across three states. Cort is running for Congress because he is determined to put the people of Missouri before establishment politics. He won’t sit by as Washington guts the protections and institutions that make our country strong.

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’s family was fueled by hard work, integrity, and a relentless faith in God.

Cort graduated from public school and went on to Harvard, where scholarships covered the steep tuition. After graduating with honors, Cort returned home to Missouri to study law and give back to his community. Cort was a student law clerk with Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman, and after law school, he served as a law clerk for two St. Louis-based U.S. District Court judges.

As an attorney, Cort advocates on behalf of farmers and other hardworking Missourians. He’s worked on important litigation with his law firm, including a $217.7 million verdict for Kansas corn farmers in a class action suit based on allegations of corporate negligence.

As a visiting lecturer at Washington University School of Law, Cort teaches first-year law students. He also coordinates a community partnership between Washington University and several metro-area public schools. Cort recently served on the board of a St. Louis nonprofit that champions the rehabilitation and reentry of Missouri’s prison population, and he regularly teaches and mentors at the Missouri Scholars Academy.

To learn more about his campaign, please visit Cort for Congress.