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Ted Lieu has been a California State Assemblyman representing the 53rd Assembly District since September 2005. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He is now running for Attorney General against Alberto Torrico, California Assembly Majority Leader, and Kamala Harris, District Attorney of San Francisco.

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Education

He graduated Stanford University in 1991 with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Political Science and graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, where he was Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal and received four American Jurisprudence awards.

He also served as a judicial clerk to the late Honorable Thomas Tang of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Military service

He holds the rank of Major in the United States Air Force Reserves. He served on active duty for 4 years as a member of the JAG corps. As a military prosecutor and adviser to commanders, he has received numerous awards and medals for his service and dedication to men and women in our Armed Forces, both abroad and locally. Some of his medals include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Humanitarian Assistance Medal.

Political career

Assemblymember Lieu is Chair of the Assembly Rules Committee. He is a member of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee and Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee. Assemblymember Lieu is also Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace.

He was elected to the seat following the death of incumbent Mike Gordon.

In the special election to fill the 53rd Assembly district, Lieu won over three Republicans, including businesswoman Mary Jo Ford and Torrance City Councilman Paul Nowatka. Former Redondo Beach mayor Greg Hill intended to run, but opted out citing pressure not to run.

He was re-elected in November 2006 and again in November 2008.

Lieu previously served as Torrance City Councilman.

In 2008, in a surprising twist of events in the LPGA English language controversy, Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco and Assemblyman Ted Lieu of Los Angeles were able to help rescind the LPGA Tour Commission’s suspension-penalty policy. Both officials publicly challenged the legality and galvanized community attention to the LPGA’s policy in August 2008 when it was released, which resulted in revision of policy by the end of 2008. [1]

Lieu is a strong supporter of expansion of public transit in West Los Angeles, LAX, and the South Bay.

Legislative accomplishments

As a legislator, he has taken on special interests and successfully authored laws in the areas of public safety, child sex offenders, domestic violence, the environment, education, health care, veterans’ issues and transportation.

Some of his legislative achievements include the following:

  • AB 1900 helps prevent convicted child sex offenders from working with children (Chapter 340, Statutes of 2006)
  • ABx2 7, the California Foreclosure Prevention Act, requires lenders to operate a comprehensive home loan modification program or face a 90-day foreclosure moratorium. This is the first law of its kind in the nation (Chapter 5, Statutes of 2009)
  • AB 2052 allows a victim of domestic violence to break a rental lease if the victim provides a police report or temporary restraining order to the landlord (Chapter 440, Statutes of 2008)
  • AB 86 gives school districts the ability to discipline students who engage in cyber-bullying (Chapter 646, Statutes of 2008)
  • AB 800 requires reporting of sewage spills, thereby allowing the local public safety officials to close down beaches and public areas affected by such spills (Chapter 371, Statutes of 2007)
  • AB 236 mandates the state to prioritize the purchase of fleet cars to enhance fuel efficiency and carbon reduction, and requires alternative-fuel-capable vehicles to use alternative fuels (Chapter 593, Statutes of 2007)
  • AB 392 requires employers to give spouses of Armed Forces members returning from deployment two weeks of unpaid leave if requested by the spouse (Chapter 361, Statutes of 2007) and
  • AB 1150 bans health insurance companies from providing financial incentives to their employees for terminating health care coverage of patients (Chapter 188, Statutes of 2008).

Personal

Lieu and his wife Betty (a former California Deputy Attorney General) reside in Torrance with their two sons, Brennan and Austin. Born in Taiwan. His family immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio where he grew up.

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California Assembly
Preceded by
Mike Gordon
Assemblymember, 53rd Assembly District
2005 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Hector De La Torre
Assembly Rules Committee Chairman
March 13, 2008-present
Succeeded by
incumbent
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