At age 19, Councilmember Huynh escaped Vietnam by boat. He was lost and ran out water and food, but finally arrived safely in the Philippines Palawan Refugee Camp. He immediately volunteered to work as a deputy commissioner to assist other refugees in the camp for two years.
In 1988, Tom's dream of immigrating to America was fulfilled. Shortly after paying his own way for a church mission in Washington D.C in 1990, he earned a degree in Asian Studies at BYU. He then served as president of the Vietnamese Community of Utah.
In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Tom traveled to New Orleans as a volunteer to rebuild homes. In 2005, he published his book, “April Rain." As a West Valley City Councilmember, he has brought multiple unique discussions to the Council to improve public safety and security for West Valley City.
"I am truly grateful for this country that took me in and gave me the opportunity to grow and learn," says Tom. "Serving the citizens of West Valley City is a way that I can contribute to the community that I love."
Councilmember Huynh is married with two sons and a daughter.