Official Portait in 2016
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
Assumed office |
December 2, 2022
|Prime Minister||Maggie Chan|
|Preceded by||Maggie Chan|
|Surgeon General of the Kingdom of Sierra|
August 8, 2018 – May 4, 2020
|Prime Minister||Nemesis Heartwell|
|Preceded by||Doug Courtney|
|Succeeded by||Jonathan Mueller|
|Member of the K.S. House of Commons for Chino and Eastvale (Inland Empire's 2nd District)|
Assumed office |
October 16, 2016
|Preceded by||Adam Mordaunt|
|Deputy Leader of the Royalist Party|
Assumed office |
December 28th, 2020
|Preceded by||Harvey MacDonald|
September 26, 1980|
Sarangnha, Orange, Sierra
Timothy Huynh (m. 2006)
Naomi (b. 2010)|
Aaron (b. 2013)
Sierra National University, Grands Ballons (BS)|
Loma Linda University (MD)
|Revised Romanization||Rim In-na|
|Vietnamese||Huỳnh Lâm Nhân Na|
Born in Sarangnha, Orange, Huynh is a graduate of Sierra National University and Loma Linda University. Prior to taking public office, Huynh practiced medicine as a radiologist. She is married to Timothy Huynh, the Inland Empire's current Attorney General. In 2014, she was placed on the Royalist Party's open-list and was elected as the assemblywoman for the Inland Empire's 8th Assembly District. In 2016, she was elected as a member of Parliament for Chino and Eastvale. She currently serves as a sitting officer on the House Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Family and the deputy chairwoman of the House Women's Caucus of Asian Sierran Royalists. She has been noted for her progressive attitudes towards healthcare reform, particularly on mental health, as well as education, in contrast to general Royalist opinion, which has courted attention and criticism from various conservative groups. Political analysts and journalists have described her views to be a variant of Red Toryism, while Huynh self-identified as a "compassionate, common-sense conservative".
On August 8, 2018, Huynh replaced Doug Courtney as the Surgeon General after she was confirmed by the Senate during a minor Cabinet reshuffle called by Prime Minister Nemesis Heartwell on June 3, 2018. Her appointment garnered major media attention as Huynh due to her affiliation with the Red Tory Association, a moderate conservative organization affiliated with the Royalist Party promoting Red Toryism, as well as her more moderate leanings in comparison to the rest of Heartwell's cabinet. Throughout her tenure as Surgeon General, she was respected by politicians within both the government and the opposition and was the most popular of Heartwell's cabinet members.
During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Huynh served as the chair for the Federal Coronavirus Response Task Force and was appointed to serve on February 1, 2020. Her actions as the chair of the Federal Coronavirus Response Task was commended, which was contrasted with the intense criticism imposed on Nemesis Heartwell's response. On May 4, 2020, Huynh was appointed to Heartwell's Opposition Cabinet following the party's catastrophic defeat at the 2020 Sierran federal election which saw the Royalists lose all of their gains from the previous federal election as well as most of their historic stronghold counties. Huynh was re-elected and accepted serving as Shadow Surgeon General and was succeeded by Jonathan Mueller of the Green Party on May 4. Huynh was considered a possible contender for the 2020 Royalist Party leadership election, but she would go onto to endorse Kenneth O'Conner on November 20th.
On December 10, Huynh would announce her candidacy for the position of deputy leader becoming the first candidate to jump into the deputy leadership election. She would go onto win the election, being sworn in as Deputy Leader of the Royalist Party. She is the first deputy leader since Harvey MacDonald, who resigned in 2014. In 2022, Huynh was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs by Maggie Chan following the establishment of a grand coalition between the Democratic-Republican and Royalist parties along with their respective allies with Chan appointing Huyhn to succede her as Foreign Minister.
Early life and education[edit | edit source]
Isabelle Rim was born on September 26, 1980 at Saint-Catherine Hospital in Sarangnha, Orange to Korean immigrant parents. Her father owned four Bixby's convenience stores while her mother owned a nail salon store. Both of her parents were born in Seoul. Her parents immigrated to Sierra with their families during the presidency of Chun Doo-hwan. They met in high school in Porciúncula and started dating after they discovered they attended the same church. Huynh was raised in a Seventh-day Adventist background. When Huynh was eight, she and her family moved residence to Corona. Huynh has an older sister, Ruth. Through her mother, Huynh is second cousins with Sierran K-pop idol and actress Emma Chae.
She attended Poncio Salinas Elementary School in Corona and participated in her church's local Pathfinders. When she was 11, Huynh and her family were involved in a non-fatal car accident. She sustained several injuries including broken bones and required hospitalization. Huynh has cited her experiences in the hospital and the medical staff there as inspiration for her later decision to enter the medical field.
In high school, she served as president of the local Medical Students Alliance chapter and played for the girl's varsity tennis team. Huynh graduated from Sojourner Truth High School and ranked in the Top 10% of her class. After high school, Huynh attended Sierra National University in Grands Ballons. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in public health.
Huynh entered Loma Linda University in 2006 and studied to become a radiologist. She graduated in 2010 with an M.D., and became an alumnus of the Psi Alpha Psi, a coeducational fraternal organization for medical students. Huynh worked as a regular contributor to the Mulholland Medical Journal. While she attended Loma Linda University, she participated in community service and medical internships, efforts of which inducted her in as a dame in the Barony of Hermann, a barony within the Viscountcy of San Timoteo and the Shire of Redlands.
Medical career[edit | edit source]
Huynh undertook both her internship and residency in radiology at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda for a year. She obtained certification for 5 years in 2011 by the Sierran Royal Osteopathic Board of Radiology and found employment with Saint-Catherine Healthcare where she worked at the company's Ontario branch. As a radiologist, Huynh specialized in MRI, and was responsible for handling and administering medical imaging on patients that generated images of patients' organs and tissue in order to identify and diagnose diseases. In 2014, she started her own private practice clinic and became a fellow in the University of Sierra, Riverside's School of Medicine.
Political career[edit | edit source]
Elections[edit | edit source]
2014[edit | edit source]
In 2014, Huynh received approval from the Royalist Party of the Inland Empire to appear on the party's open list. She raised over $700,000 in funds in order to campaign within her home constituency in Chino and Eastvale. She defeated four other candidates and ran on a platform that emphasized greater access to healthcare and empowering physicians to have better control over their profession. The retirement of Assemblyman Romano Meza resulted in an electoral race composed entirely of newcomers including Huynh. Her endorsement by her husband Timothy Huynh, who was the San Bernardino County District Attorney at the time, elicited local controversy due to conflict of interest. Running for a safe Royalist seat, Huynh was elected at age 34 and became one of the youngest assemblywomen and physicians elected into Sierran public office.
2016[edit | edit source]
In 2016, Huynh stepped down from her position as an Inland Empire assemblywoman in order to run for office in the House of Commons. She was nominated by her party to represent Chino and Eastvale. Huynh ran unopposed within her party and competed against Democratic-Republican opponents Mike Jepsen and Clyde Hampton for the seat. She was elected into office after the Royalists gained over 12 seats in the House under the leadership of Daniel McComb. She was the first female physician elected to Parliament from the Inland Empire.
Tenure[edit | edit source]
Shortly after her election in 2014, Huynh was sworn into the Inland Empire Provincial Assembly by Judge Joseph Lorenzo with her family and friends present. A month later, she was assigned to the Committee on Health and Public Safety, which oversees the implementation of law pertaining to public health, public safety, and child protection laws in the province. At her first hearing in the committee, she spoke of her experiences as a physician and expressed difficulties within the industry on providing affordable healthcare to patients, and on a number of cumbersome regulations that dissuaded doctors from performing better.
In December 2014, she and MP Emma Wallis-Stone (DR) co-authored a bill that would lift a gag order placed on physicians who were prevented from suggesting whether paying out of pocket or paying through insurance would be cheaper to obtain a prescription drug. The bill passed in both houses and became Huynh's first successful piece of legislation in the House to turn into law.
In February 2015, she was the keynote speaker at the annual Purple Bonnet Dinner, a meeting organized by the National Federation of Royalist Women. In her televised speech, she called upon her party to remain committed to its roots as a "family-oriented, faith-focused" party, and a "government that works to protect and uplift its citizens". She called on the remaining provinces in Sierra without paid maternal leave to adopt them, and also argued in favor of extending paid leave for fathers of newborns. Huynh also spoke out against sexual misconduct and abuse within Sierran politics and believed the Royalist Party "could do more to empower women in all positions and fields". Her speech received widespread coverage as it reflected a tonal shift in vision and direction by the Royalists, and highlighted a growing movement towards gender equality in the party. Huynh rejected claims that she was a feminist however, and labeled herself as an "egalitarian".
Surgeon General of Sierra[edit | edit source]
On August 8, 2018, Huynh was selected as the Surgeon General of Sierra by Prime Minister Nemesis Heartwell during a Cabinet reshuffle. She was chosen among a pool of Royalist House members by the Heartwell Ministry. Her selection by the prime minister received mixed reactions from within the party and across the bench, particularly over the qualifications and experience of Huynh. The House Committee on Health, Education, and Labor recommended Huynh as the Surgeon General to the House floor but opponents raised questions on Huynh's capability of the managerial and administrative aspects of the post. Huynh underwent three days of parliamentary hearings prior to her election by the House and subsequent confirmation by the Queen.
As Surgeon General, she issued a new surgeon general's warning against e-cigarettes in response to a number of confirmed deaths linked to vaping between August and September 2019. She recommended a federal ban against flavored e-cigarettes, claiming that the products were intentionally marketed towards children and adolescents. Huynh backed a bill introduced in the House which would force e-cigarette products to comply to the same standards and restrictions imposed on tobacco cigarette products.
Huynh affirmed her commitment towards "preserving and strengthening Sierra's national health care system" and declared that "socialized medicine" must coexist with "consumer choice and the freedom for physicians and surgeons to practice independently".
She opposed instituting a federally mandatory vaccination program among Sierra's youth, but also endorsed prohibiting unvaccinated students from attending public schools or universities.
She opposed most forms of abortion, stating that her role as Surgeon General was "to protect all life of all ages, including the unborn, which starts at the moment of conception". She had, however, supported the subsidization and proliferation of contraceptives such as condoms or birth control pills as acceptable forms of family planning.
Shadow Surgeon General[edit | edit source]
Following the unprecedented losses of the Royalists during the 2020 Sierran federal election, the outgoing Heartwell Ministry was succeeded by the Social Democratic Kwon Ministry and Huynh joined the Royalist Opposition Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Surgeon General. She went against party lines when she chose to abstain from voting, rather than vote against Kwon's National Health Protection Act of 2020. Huynh has cited that she supported the "spirit of the legislation" but was "alarmed" by the "extraordinarily drastic and upending measures of nationalization". She proposed working alongside with the Progressive coalition in "reaching a more agreeable middle ground" to balance accessibility to government-backed healthcare with consumer choice and physician autonomy.
Committee assignments[edit | edit source]
- House Committee on Health, Education, and Labor
- Subcommittee on Early, Primary, Secondary, and High Education
- Subcommittee on Health and Medical Services
- House Committee on Ways and Means
- Subcommittee on Health
Caucus memberships[edit | edit source]
- House Women's Caucus of Asian Sierran Royalists (chairwoman)
- House Asian Pacific Caucus
- House Medical Professionals Caucus
- House Adventist Caucus
- House Religious Liberty Caucus
- Parliamentary Public Service Convention
Minister of Foreign Affairs[edit | edit source]
Electoral history[edit | edit source]
Political positions[edit | edit source]
Healthcare[edit | edit source]
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Social issues[edit | edit source]
Personal life[edit | edit source]
In 2006, Huynh married Timothy Huynh, a childhood friend whom she has known since elementary. The two attended school together from first grade to twelfth grade, and studied at Sierra National University, Grands Ballons. They began dating during their sophomore year in college and continued their relationship when they pursued separate graduate schools for their respective careers. Her husband has also entered positions of public office, having had a career based on law. He currently serves as the Inland Empire's Attorney General. Huynh and her husband have two children, Naomi (b. 2010) and Aaron (b. 2013). She and her family currently reside in Eastvale, a suburb of Riverside. During her 2016 parliamentary election campaign, Huynh claimed her household spoke "five languages", which are English, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, and French as evidence of her family embodying the "hallmarks of true Sierran character".
Raised as an Seventh-day Adventist, Huynh attended Loma Linda University, an Adventist institution, and has attended church services weekly. In accordance to Adventist belief, she and her family observes the Sabbath from Friday evening to Saturday evening. Out of principle, she does not conduct any secular work outside of her medical duties and community outreach activities.