Judy Chu Biography
Judy Chu is an Chinese American politician born on 7th July 1953 in Los Angeles, California, United States. She is the first Chinese American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
She serves as the U.S. Representative for California’s 27th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2009. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Before she was chairing California Board of Equalization, representing the 4th District.
Judy Chu Age
Judy Chu was July 7, 1953 (she is 65 years old as of 2018).
Judy Chu Net worth
Judy Chu has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Judy Chu Family
Judy Chu was born to Judson Chu (father) and May Chu (mother). She is the second child among his four siblings. Her parents married in 1948 in their ancestral home of Xinhui, Jiangmen, Guangdong. She grew up in Los Angeles.
Judy Chu Education
Judy Chu graduated from University of California, Los Angeles where she graduated with a B.A in mathematics. She then got her Ph.D. in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University’s Los Angeles campus.
Judy Chu Academic career
Judy Chu taught psychology at the Los Angeles Community College District for 20 years, including 13 years at East Los Angeles College.
Judy Chu Political career
Judy Chu was first elected in the position of Board Members for Garvey School District in Rosemead, California in 1985. In 1988 she was elected to the city council of Monterey Park, where she served as mayor for three terms. She ran for the California State Assembly in 1994, but lost the Democratic primary to Diane Martinez; in 1998, she lost the primary to Gloria Romero.
She was again elected to the State Assembly on May 15, 2001, following a special election after Romero was elected to the State Senate. She was elected to a full term in 2002 and was reelected in 2004. The district includes Alhambra, El Monte, Duarte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino and South El Monte, within Los Angeles County.
Judy Chu Elections
Judy Chu decided to run for the 2009 special election for the California’s 32nd congressional district after U.S. Congresswoman Hilda Solis was appointed to become President Barack Obama’s U.S. Secretary of Labor. Chu led the field in the May 19 special election. However, due to the crowded nature of the primary (eight Democrats and four Republicans filed) she only got 32% of the vote, well short of the 50% vote needed to win outright. In the run-off election, she defeated Republican Betty Chu (her cousin-in-law and a then-Monterey Park City Councilwoman) 62%–33%. She was highly favourd favored due to the district’s heavy Democrat tilt and with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+15, it is one of the safest Democratic districts in the nation. She won re-election to her first full term with 71% of the votes.
In August 2011, she decided to run for the newly redrawn California’s 27th congressional district. The district has the second highest percentage of Asian Americans in the state with 37%, behind the newly redrawn 17th CD which is 50% Asian. Registered Democrats make up 42% of the district. Obama won the district with 63% in the 2008 presidential. Jerry Brown won with 55% in the 2010 gubernatorial election. Representative Chu won re-election by defeating Republican Jack Orswell 64% to 36%.
On 2016 she won the re-elections over Republican Jack Orswell by a 67.4% to 32.6% margin. On 2018 she won over Democrat Bryan Witt by a 79.2% to 20.8% margin, in one of a handful of districts in California that featured only Democrats on its midterm ballot. She was sworn into office on 16th July 2009.
She believes in the immigration system of the outdated need reform. She has worked to pass the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (H.R. 15). She strongly supports the DREAM Act and has worked for its passage. She has introduced the Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation Act (POWER Act, or H.R. 2169), introduced to stop disreputable employers from exploiting immigrants.
In July 2015, Chu went before Congress to speak out against what she sees as the “shocking” treatment of women and children held in for-profit detention facilities in the U.S. Comparing them to Japanese internment camps, Chu states the prolonged detention re-traumatizes families, breaks apart the parent-child relationship, and has serious cognitive effects on children.
On December 6, 2017, Chu was arrested during a protest outside of the U.S. Capitol.
She sponsored the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2010 which authorizes the President of the United States to support measures providing abortions and other reproduction assistance to women in developing countries. In 2010,Her voting measures was proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives to strip government funding to Planned Parenthood, and opposed restricting federal funding of abortions.
In 2009, Chu voted to increase the debt ceiling to $12.394 trillion. In 2010, Chu voted to increase the debt ceiling to $14.294 trillion. In January 2011, she voted against a bill to reduce spending on non-security items to fiscal year 2008 levels. In 2011, Chu voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011, which incrementally raised the debt ceiling.
Defense of Civil Liberties
She opposed the “See Something, Say Something Act of 2011,” which provides “immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response.” She said, “if a person contacts law enforcement about something based solely on someone’s race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin, they would not receive immunity from civil lawsuits.”
On July 24, 2013, the United States House of Representatives voted on Amendment 100 to the H.R. 2397 Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 which, if passed, would have ended the authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. She voted for “Aye” to pass amendment 100 and end the blanket collection authority; however, the amendment did not pass with the “Noes” blocking the amendment 217-205.
Apology for the Chinese Exclusion Act
On June 18, 2012, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution, introduced by Congresswoman Chu, that formally expresses the regret of the House of Representatives for the Chinese Exclusion Act, which imposed almost total restrictions on Chinese immigration and naturalization and denied Chinese-Americans basic freedoms because of their ethnicity. This was only the fourth time that the U.S. Congress issued an apology to a group of people.
In June 2011 the House Ethics Committee began an investigation after receiving information suggesting that two of Chu’s top aides had directed staffers to do campaign tasks during regular work hours. In the course of the investigation it was found that Chu had sent two emails to her staff on how to respond to aspects of the Ethics Committee’s inquiry. While the Committee found no evidence to support that Chu was aware of the actions of her staff, they did find that the emails represented actions that interfered with the committee’s investigation of the matter, and on December 11, 2014, Rep. Chu was formally reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee for interfering with their investigation of her office.
Advocating People’s Mujahedin of Iran
In 2015, The Intercept published an investigative work by Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton, assisted in part by the work of independent researcher Joanne Stocker, indicating that Chu received $11,150 from the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) between January 2009 and September 2012, when the MEK was listed a Foreign Terrorist Organization. She is an advocate of the MEK.
Judy Chu Committees
- Committee on Ways and Means
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Human Resources
- Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
Judy Chu Caucuses
- American Sikh Congressional Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Congressional Progressive Caucus (Vice-Chair)
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (Chair)
- Congressional Taiwan Caucus
- Creative Rights Caucus (Co-founder and Co-chair)
- LGBT Equality Caucus (Member)
- House Baltic Caucus
- Climate Solutions Caucus
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Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) should not be required to release her income tax returns, although Pelosi and House Democrats want to legally require President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to release their tax returns under H.R. 1. On Thursday on Capitol Hill, CNSNews.com asked Chu, “Under H.R. 1, Speaker Pelosi would require the president and the vice president to release their tax returns. Do you think Speaker Pelosi should be required to release her tax return as well?”
Chu said, “No, I don’t think so, because I – unless she’s running for president.”
“See, the whole point of this is, these are the people who make the decisions at the very top,” said Congresswoman Chu. “And for 40 years the president has released the tax returns and there’s good reason for doing that, because the American people need to have faith that their president is acting on their behalf and not his own behalf.” “So that’s why it’s particularly important for the president and the vice president and the major party nominees to submit their tax returns,” she said.
“Why should the vice president be held to a different standard on releasing his tax returns than the Speaker of the House?” “Because the vice president is second-in-command to the president,” Chu said. “They are the ones in the White House making those executive decisions – on trade, or on the tax bill, on things that affect Americans’ financial future.” “Nancy Pelosi has to deal with the votes of 435 people,” Chu added. “She’s one in 435 votes. He can make endless executive decisions that affects the lives of Americans across this nation. That’s the difference.”
On Jan. 3, the first day of the 116th Congress, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced H.R. 1, called the “For the People Act of 2019.” Section 10001 of the act, entitled Presidential and Vice Presidential Tax Transparency, states that the sitting president and vice president must submit copies of their income tax returns “for the taxable year and for the 9 preceding taxable years” to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and that the FEC must make the returns “publicly available.” In addition, presidential and vice presidential candidates from a “major party” would be required to submit copies of their income tax returns for the “10 most recent taxable years,” the legislation proposes. Under H.R. 1, members of Congress, including Pelosi, would not be required to disclose their tax returns.