Steve Ly biography: 13 things about first Hmong mayor in the U.S. from Elk Grove, California


Steve Ly is an American politician of Hmong descent. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Xiangkhouang, Laos.
  2. He, his wife Cua Ly and their two children live in Elk Grove, Sacramento County, California, United States.
  3. He was 4 years old when he and his family moved from Xiangkhouang to the U.S. Initially, Catholic Charities settled them in Gardena, California. They later moved to Clovis, California.
  4. In 1995, he earned his degrees in sociology and political science from the University of California, Davis.
  5. In November 1997, he became a managing partner for LIS Consulting in Sacramento, California. In 1998, he moved to Elk Grove.
  6. In 2002, he ran for Elk Grove Unified School Board and lost. After the loss, he went to law school and earned his doctor of jurisprudence. 
  7. From November 2012 to December 2014, he was a member of the board of trustees of the Elk Grove Unified School Board. According to Bobbie Singh-Allen, when she was appointed as a school board member to the Elk Grove Unified School District in 2012, he and his associates contacted the school district to challenge and overturn her appointment.
  8. In December 2014, he was elected to Elk Grove City Council.
  9. In 2015, he became Elk Grove’s first Asian-American vice mayor.
  10. As a Democracy, he was elected as the mayor of Elk Grove on November 8, 2016, making him the first ever Hmong mayor of the U.S.
  11. On December 12, 2018, he was reelected as the mayor of Elk Grove.
  12. In August 2020, multiple women accused him of using fake media accounts to bully and harass them.
  13. On November 3, 2020, Singh-Allen defeated him in his bid for a third term as Elk Grove mayor.

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