Mrs. Tòng Thị Phóng has been one of the most prominent female politicians in Vietnam for the past 10 years. She is currently the highest-leveled female politician who has a minority-ethnic background in the Party’s establishments.
She joined the revolution in 1965 and in September 1971, she joined local youth activities and government until being elected as a president of Son La province in 1995.
One year later, she was elected chairwoman of People’s Committee of Lạng Sơn Province in 1995. One year later, she worked in the 13th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and became provincial party secretary and chairperson of People’s Assembly of Son La province.
In 1997, Ms. Phóng was a member of the National Assembly and elected Deputy Chairwoman of Minority Council of National Assembly.
Continuously reelected into the 9th, 10th, 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Mrs. Tong Thi Phong used to be a secretary of the Central Committee of the Party, Head of the Central Committee before being elected as a vice president of the 11th National Assembly in 2007.
The big change of this woman was her re-election into 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party and became a member of Politburo on January 19, 2011, the first female politician of ethnic minorities in the Politburo. She served as vice president of the 12th, 13th, 14th National Assembly. At the 12th National Congress on January 28, 2016, she was reelected and elected to be in the Politburo, became one of the three politburo femal members of the XII Politburo among a total of 19 people.