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Judy May Chu

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 32nd district
Assumed office 
July 16, 2009
Preceded by Hilda Solis

Member of the California State Board of Equalization for District 4
In office
2007 – 2009
Preceded by John Chiang
Succeeded by Jerome Horton

Member of the California State Assembly
from the 49th district
In office
2001 – 2006
Preceded by Gloria Romero
Succeeded by Mike Eng

Born July 7, 1953 (1953-07-07) (age 56)
Los Angeles, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mike Eng
Residence Monterey Park, California
Profession Politician

Judy May Chu, Ph.D. (Chinese name: ; pinyin: Zhào Měixīn) (born July 7, 1953 in Los Angeles, California)[1] is the United States Representative for California's 32nd congressional district, and the first Chinese American woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress.[2] A member of the Democratic Party, she was previously Vice Chair (and a past Chair) of the California Board of Equalization, representing the 4th District.[3] She had also served on the Garvey Unified School District Board of Education, the Monterey Park City Council with terms as Mayor and the California State Assembly.

Chu ran in the 32nd congressional district special election for the seat that was vacated by Hilda Solis after she was confirmed as Barack Obama's U.S. Secretary of Labor in 2009.[4] Chu was the top candidate running in the special election on May 19, 2009. She defeated Republican candidate Betty Tom Chu and Libertarian candidate Christopher Agrella in a runoff election on July 14, 2009.[5]


Early life

Judy Chu is the second of four children of Judson and May Chu, who were married in 1948 in their ancestral home of Xinhui, Guangdong. After getting married they moved to Los Angeles, near 62nd Street and Normandie Avenue. Chu lived there until her early teen years, when the family moved to the Bay Area.[6][7]


Chu has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a B.A. in mathematics (UCLA). She taught as a professor at the Los Angeles Community College District for 20 years and, specifically, at East Los Angeles College for 13 years.[3][8]

Political career

Chu's first elected position was Board Member for the 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.[3][8] 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.

Chu was elected to the State Assembly in a May 15, 2001, 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.[9]

Barred by term limits from running for a third full term in 2006, Chu was elected to the State Board of Equalization from the 4th District, representing most of Los Angeles County.

Chu and husband Mike Eng, with Nancy Pelosi, at Chu's Swearing In ceremony for the U.S. House of Representatives

Chu entered the special election for the 32nd District after Hilda Solis was appointed as Labor Secretary. She 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 garnered 31.9 percent of the vote — well short of the 50% + 1 vote needed to win outright. She easily defeated Republican Betty Tom Chu (a cousin-in-law and also a Monterey Park city councilwoman and mayor) and Libertarian businessman Christopher Agrella in the July 14 runoff.[5] She'd been heavily favored in any event due to the district's heavy Democratic tilt; with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+15, it is one of the safest Democratic districts in the nation.

Abortion issues

Throughout the years, she has received ratings of 100 from all Pro-Choice affiliates including Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.[10] That being accompanied by ratings off 100 from the NARLA pro-choice California in 2003, 2004, 2205, and 2006.[10] Though, in opposition of Pro-Choice organizations, Chu has received very low ratings given by Pro-Life organizations in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.[10]

Jobs and the Economy

Judy Chu’s number one priority as a new member of congress will be to work along side the Obama administration.[11 ] She wants to quickly bring in money to help the economy, protect public services from dramatic cuts, and bring funding into our communities to help with the economy. [11 ]Dr. Chu believes that by making sure our schools are strong, we are helping prepare students to live in the real world later on.[11 ]

Judy Chu is focused on bringing “Green Collar” jobs to the San Gabriel Valley.[11 ] [11 ] This includes jobs in public transit, alternative energy, and conservation. She believes that the San Gabriel Valley should be the nation’s solar capital with its climate, work force, and research facilities. [11 ]


Congressional committee assignments



Chu married Mike Eng in 1978. Eng took Chu's seat on the Monterey Park City Council in 2001, when Chu left the council after getting elected to the Assembly, and in 2006 he took Chu's seat on the Assembly, when Chu left the Assembly.


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hilda Solis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 32nd district

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Monterey Park City Council
Succeeded by
Mike Eng
Preceded by
John Chiang
California State Board of Equalization Member
4th District
Succeeded by
Jerome Horton
California Assembly
Preceded by
Gloria Romero
California State Assemblymember
49th District
Succeeded by
Mike Eng


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