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Ted Lieu


Ted Lieu (born March 29, 1969) is a Democratic Party California State Senator, who has represented the 28th Senate District since February 18, 2011, after being elected to fill the seat of deceased Senator Jenny Oropeza. Lieu is also a former California State Assemblyman, who represented the 53rd Assembly District from September 2005 to November 2010. He was the Democratic candidate for the 33rd congressional district, formerly represented by Henry Waxman, who retired in 2014. Lieu placed second in the June primary and faced Republican Elan Carr in the general election, which he won. He became the second United States Congressman of Taiwanese descent, following New York's Grace Meng.[1].

Ted and his wife Betty, a former California Deputy Attorney General, are longtime residents in the congressional district. Their two sons Brennan and Austin attend public school in the district.[2]

Background

Ted Lieu's family immigrated to America when he was three years old. They grew up poor, spoke limited English, and lived in the basement of someone’s home.

Ted would accompany his parents to sell gifts at flea markets to make ends meet. Through hard work, saving money, and perseverance, Ted’s family was able to open a gift store in a shopping center. Eventually their family business expanded to include multiple gift stores.

Ted Lieu went on to attend Stanford University where he received undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Political Science and was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. He received his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. He also received four American Jurisprudence Awards.[3]

Stanford

New columnists

The Stanford Daily announces new columnists for , Issue 6, 3 October 1988 , Ted Lieu, Dierdre Lyell Simon McRae, Ashley Ryan, Mitch Steinberger.

Student Senate

In 1990 Ted Lieu served on the Stanford Student Senate, but later resigned.

Military

Lieu joined the United States Air Force on active duty, where he served both domestically in the United States and abroad for four years.

Ted continues to serve his country in the Air Force reserves where he is a Lieutenant Colonel. Ted has received numerous medals for his outstanding military service, including two Meritorious Service Medals. When he was on active duty at Andersen AFB in Guam, he participated in Operation PACIFIC HAVEN, which airlifted thousands of Kurds out of northern Iraq and brought them to Guam before Saddam Hussein could roll in and attack them. Ted served as Chief of Operations Law for the 36th Air Base Wing and received the Air Force Humanitarian Service Medal for his efforts in Operation PACIFIC HAVEN.[4]

Legal career

Professionally, Lieu clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, practiced civil law at Munger, Tolles & Olson, and then worked in the private sector. During his private sector years, he served on the Rampart Independent Review Panel, the Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission, and was later elected to the Torrance City Council in 2002.[5]

Politics

In 2005, after over three years of service on the Torrance City Council, Lieu was encouraged to run to fill the vacant 53rd Assembly seat. He was overwhelmingly elected in a special election, defeating several opponents. He served the 53rd Assembly district until 2010. In the Assembly, Lieu chaired the Assembly Rules Committee, the Banking and Finance Committee, and sat on the Governmental Organization Committee, Judiciary Committee, Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee, and Veterans Affairs Committee. He was also Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace.

In February of 2011, Leiu was once again encouraged to run when the 28th Senate District seat became vacant. He fought in a contentious race against seven other candidates, and once again came out on top in a crowded field. In the State Senate, he is Chair of the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, Chair of the Select Committee on Air Quality, and Chair of the Joint Committee on Arts.

Lieu has authored several first-in-the-nation landmark laws in the State Legislature. For example, he wrote SB 1172, a ban on gay conversion ‘therapy’ that received national attention and now is being used as a model in numerous other states. After Wall Street’s failures, Lieu as an Assemblymember authored first-in-the-nation legislation to reform the subprime mortgage market and reduce foreclosures. He also coauthored and help champion AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act.

In the Senate, he has authored legislation to address climate changes issues (SB 1066), help victims’ collect restitution (SB 1210), prevent animal cruelty (SB 1500), protect victims of corporate fraud (SB 1058), restrict the disruption of funerals by protesters (SB 661), and increase penalties on sex offenders who cut off their GPS monitoring devices. In 2011, he sponsored laws that helped create jobs, save taxpayer dollars, and protect children by banning anyone under 18 from using cancer-causing tanning beds.

In recognition of his hard work, Governing Magazine, a national publication on policy and governance, named Ted Lieu one of the 12 top lawmakers in the nation as ‘worth watching’ in both 2010 and 2011.[6]

"Green New Deal"

From the Sunrise Movement:[7]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has released a proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, a plan that would transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis.

We have the momentum to make a Green New Deal real, but we need a critical mass of Congresspeople to support the proposal.

Take action on Dec. 10 to show Congress the Green New Deal is a top priority.

Congressional supporters by December 1 2018:

HR 109 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's HR 109 (Green New Deal) included Ted Lieu.

Obama supporter

In 2008 Barack Obama was the winner of two AAPI straw polls conducted by the Asian American Action Fund chapters in Los Angeles and Chicago. His AAPI Web site, created by Eugene Kang of Chicago, has generated an energetic base of youth and first-time voters.

His AAPI National Leadership Council represents an interesting cross section of influential AAPI Californians, such as Assemblyman Ted Lieu, chairman of the AAPI Legislative Caucus; Angela Oh, former member of President Clinton’s Initiative on Race; Eddie Wong, executive director of the Center for Asian American Media; former Assemblywoman Wilma Chan; Paul Igasaki, former vice chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Stanley Toy, president of Team Healthcare; Henry Lo, Garvey School Board; Russell Leong, editor of Amerasia Journal UCLA; and Hydra Mendoza, S.F. Board of Education commissioner. There is also a strong representation from the AAPI media and entertainment industry, including actors Cary Tagawa, Kelly Hu, Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and Janet Yang, producer of The Joy Luck Club. Van Taumon was just announced as Obama’s Southern California chair for APIA outreach.[8]

2017 recipients annual 'American Courage Awards'

2017 recipients annual 'American Courage Awards'

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice's American Courage Award in 2017[9] was presented to Neal Katyal, Partner, Hogan Lovells and Saunders Professor, Georgetown University

Other awards were given:

Ted Lieu tweets about presenting award to Linda Sarsour

Asian American Action Fund

In 2010 the Asian American Action Fund endorsed Ted Lieu and Kamala Harris (dual endorsement) for California Attorney General in the June 8 California primary election.[11]

Circa 2013, Ted Leiu served on the Honorary Board of the Asian American Action Fund;[12]

In the 2014 election, Ted Lieu was supported by the Asian American Action Fund.[13]

Judy Chu support

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In 2011, Rep. Judy Chu was assigned to gain support for Ted Lieu's state senate campaign.[14]

Union support

Trouncing four other candidates in the 53rd Assembly District race, labor-endorsed candidate Ted Lieu won an outright victory on Sept. 13 with nearly 60 percent of the vote – three times his closest challenger in the race. “Union members certainly helped make the winning difference in this race,” said LA Fed Executive Secretary-Treasurer Martin Ludlow. “Over 100 union members began hitting the streets on Saturday to remind voters of the upcoming election, and didn’t stop until minutes before the polls closed on Tuesday night."[15]

Equality Awards

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Senator Ted Lieu, Dolores Huerta and Assemblymember Steven Bradford - 2013 Equality California Awards Gala, held at JW Marriott Los Angeles - LA Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 6th October 2013.

League of Humane Voters Convention

The League of Humane Voters California "held a political convention for pro-animal candidates February 17, 2013. Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilwoman Jan Perry, Senator Ted Lieu, Mayoral candidate Kevin James, Mayor candidate Emanuel Pleitez, West Hollywood candidates Jeffrey Prang and John Duran, Mike Feuer and Senator Curren Price who are currently candidates for office spoke at the event. Also in attendance were Judie Mancuso, Rich McLellan, Christy Metropole, Dr. Jennifer Conrad of the Paw Project, Dr. Jim Jensvold Commissioner of LA Animal Services, Kathleen Riordan Commissioner of LA Animal Services, Jim Bickhart from the Mayor's office, Mary Krasn, Scott Sorrentino, Michael Bell, Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates, Eileen Smulson of Operation Blankets of Love, Diane Lannes, Patty Shenker, Dr. Armaiti May, Phyllis Daugherty, Marie Atake, LauraBeth Heisen, Ed Buck, Jeff Fleiss, Jane Garcia and many others.[16]

Supporting 99Rise

In June 2014, dozen activists with the group 99Rise marched from Los Angeles to Sacramento to protest the "corrupting influence of big money in politics." "They will arrive at the Capitol on Sunday at 2 p.m., where they will be joined by supporters, including Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, activist Dolores Huerta and recent Secretary of State candidate Derek Cressman, for a rally urging the Legislature to take action. The group also plans to stage a sit-in at the Capitol until lawmakers meet their demands, starting with the passage of several bills that would address the role of money in politics, such as SB 52, which would require political advertisements to display their largest funders."[17]

VoteVets endorsement

In April 2014, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, with over 400,000 supporters, VoteVets PAC, endorsed State Senator Ted Lieu’s campaign to become the next Member of Congress from California’s 33rd Congressional District.

“Ted Lieu’s story is about as American as you can get,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org. “Having come to America, and growing up poor, Ted could have dedicated his life to just taking care of himself. Instead, he gave back to the country that welcomed him in, by volunteering to serve in uniform. That says a lot about his character and his priorities. Not only will he be a great advocate for veterans, but his selflessness means that he will be a tireless advocate for the people of his Southern California district. We’re so proud to endorse him, today.” [18]

California Asian Pacific Island Legislative Caucus

The California Asian Pacific Island Legislative Caucus formed in January 2001, consisted, in the 2011 - 12 session, of Assembly Members Mike Eng, Paul Fong, Warren Furutani, Mary Hayashi, Ted Lieu, Fiona Ma, Alberto Torrico, and Mariko Yamada and Senators Leland Yee and Carol Liu. State Controller John Chiang and State Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee served as honorary members of the Caucus.[19]

APALA "Rising American Electorate" event

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance , AFL-CIO, hosted “The Rising American Electorate: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at the Forefront of Political Action,” a briefing and dinner reception, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, 675 S. Park View St. (at Wilshire Boulevard), Los Angeles.

The event, which recognizes the growth of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and highlights the history of AAPIs in politics, is being held in conjunction with the APALA National Executive Board meeting that is taking place Oct. 6 to 8.
“AAPIs, especially in Los Angeles, have played instrumental roles in electing candidates that support working family and immigrant issues, while running for office as well,” APALA said in a statement. “In Los Angeles alone, AAPIs now number over 1.34 million, and deserve a chance to make their voices heard on key issues, including the budget, jobs, health care, and education.”

Speakers included:

Elected to Congress

According to the Communist Party USA's Peoples World;

The heavily Jewish Los Angeles 33rd District that sent Henry Waxman to Congress for forty years until his recent retirement announcement has gone to the equally progressive Ted Lieu, who won with over 58 percent of the vote against a Jewish Republican with pronounced pro-Israel sympathies. [21]

PDA endorsement

Progressive Democrats of America 2014 endorsements were;[22]

PDs of the Santa Monica Mountains, 10th Anniversary

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Attendees;

Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains Tim Carpenter Courage Award Recipients

MC - Huffington Post's Lance Simmens

PDSSM endorsed candidates - Lou Vince, Nanette Barragan

Special guests - Ted Lieu, Ben Allen, Fran Pavley, Eric Bauman, Alan Minsky, Lila Garrett, Harvey Wasserman, Russell Greene, Ricco Ross, Jerry Manpearl, Richard Bloom, Mimi Kennedy, R.L. Miller, Susie Shannon, Jan Goodman, Nick Donovan, Paul Song, Sandra Fluke, Estee Chandler.

PDs of the Santa Monica Mountains candidates

Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains elected candidates are Ted Lieu, Sheila Kuehl, Ben Allen.

"Future Progressive Champions"

Just after the 2014 elections, Progressive Democrats of America stated;[23]

It was a great day for our endorsed candidates and a worse than expected day for Democrats overall. All of our Board Members: Representatives Ellison, Grijalva, Conyers, Lee, and McGovern won! Our House Champions: Representatives Grayson, Schakowsky, [Mark Pocan|[Pocan]] and Nolan won! Future Progressive Champions:Ted Lieu and Bonnie Watson Coleman won!

Congressional Progressive Caucus

In January 2015, Ted Lieu was listed as a new member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[24]

Anti-TPP letters

The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal "could only lead to the offshoring of U.S. jobs, especially in the service sector, and the erosion of America wages, nine newly-elected Democrats said in a letter to the president. Overall, 13 of 17 newly-elected Democrats are opposing Fast Track".

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) led the efforts of a group of the letter writers and his version was signed by Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania's 13th District; Mark DeSaulnier of California's 11th District; Debbie Dingell of Michigan's 12th District; Brenda Lawrence of Michigan's 14th District; Ted Lieu of California's 33rd District; Kathleen Rice of New York's 4th District; Mark Takai of Hawaii's 1st District; and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey's 12th District.

"[W]e believe this legislation lacked sufficient guarantees to ensure Congress' voice in shaping the substance of international trade agreements negotiated by the Administration," another group of freshman Democratic legislators wrote. "Our concern is that previous versions of TPA legislation did not ensure sufficient input of our constituents' concerns about labor, environmental, and human rights protections that must be essential in the trade deals you are currently negotiating."

Reps. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts' 6th District, Pete Aguilar of California's 31st District and Norma Torres of California's 35th District a the second letter.[25]

Anagnos connection

Ted Lieu, Aris Anagnos

Ted Lieu was at the American Hellenic Council of California dinner with Aris Anagnos, Vice President of AHC California, April 2015.

Defending accused Chinese spies

November 17, 2015, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and CAPAC Members Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33), Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06), and Rep. Michael Honda (CA-17) held a press conference to call on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the recent cases against Chinese American scientists who were wrongfully suspected of economic espionage. They were joined by Sherry Chen, a U.S. citizen and employee of the National Weather Service in Ohio, as well as Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, a U.S. citizen and Interim Chair of the Physics Department at Temple University. Both Ms. Chen and Dr. Xi were arrested and indicted for various charges and suspected of economic espionage, only to have all charges against them later dropped. The press conference comes one day before a CAPAC meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.[26]

Chinese American Citizens Alliance

In 2016, members of the LA Lodge of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance organized group support for campaign events of the following November candidates: Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Ted Lieu, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assemblyman Ed Chau. [27]

CAIR connection

CAIR award

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In 2012, at CAIR LA's 16th Annual Banquet, Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) was presented with the "Excellence in Leadership" Award for consistently supporting legislation aimed at preserving civil rights, such as the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (AB1964), which protects employees' religious rights in the workplace.

Praising CAIR

“Your advocacy efforts aimed at protecting civil liberties, encouraging dialogue and fostering understanding serve as an inspiration to all who seek justice.”- California State Senator Ted Lieu (November 2011). [28]

“Our community owes the Council on American-Islamic Relations Greater Los Angeles Area a debt of gratitude for their tireless hard work and dedication to encouraging dialogue, involvement, and understanding in our society.”

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) (November 2016).

C100 Annual Conference 2016

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The list of "official supporters of the Committee of 100 National Conference in April 16 2016, in Beverly Hills included;

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Chinese spy panel

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Ted Lieu served on a panel discussing Chinese espionage, alongside Brian Sun, Sherry Chen and Xiaoxing Xi, Temple University]].

2017 NAKASEC Gala

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October 19, 2017 NAKASEC Gala. Honorary Host Committee

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  13. http://www.aaa-fund.com/candidates/Asian American Action Fund]
  14. Lieu for the State Senate: Introduction by Judy ChuUploaded on Feb 4, 2011
  15. LQA UnionONTHEMOVE, Congratulatons to Ted Lieu for Landslide Victory in 53rd!
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  18. VOTEVETS ENDORSES LIEU FOR CONGRESS Apr 28, 2014 · VoteVets.org,
  19. California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus website, accessed Feb. 23, 2012
  20. The Rafu Shimpo, LABOR AND ELECTED OFFICIALS TO CELEBRATE GROWING CLOUT OF AAPIS 0POSTED ON OCTOBER 6, 2011
  21. [http://peoplesworld.org/california-bucks-national-gop-election-wave/, PW, California bucks national GOP election wave, by: Eric A. Gordon November 7 2014]
  22. https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1837/progressive-democrats-of-america#.Vcq59vmGOSw Vote Smart]
  23. http://www.pdamerica.org/about-us/itemlist/tag/Bonnie%20Watson%20Coleman PDA Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00 Congratulations to the Winners!]
  24. CPC website, members, accessed Jan.15, 2015
  25. CWA, Freshman Democrats Tell Obama to Change Course on Fast Track for the TPP Jan 29, 2015
  26. Chu Press release, Rep. Chu Joins Wrongly Accused Asian American Scientists to Call for Accountability from DOJ and an End to Profiling Nov 17, 2015
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