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Rep. Judy Chu (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-5464

Address: 1520 LHOB, 2421 RHOB DC 20515

Websites: chu.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (626) 304-0110

Address: 527 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101-3586

Claremont CA

Phone: (909) 625-5394

Fax: (909) 399-0198

Address: 415 West Foothill Boulevard, Claremont CA 91711-2782

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Judy Chu Biography
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  • Elected: July 2009, 2nd full term.
  • District: California 27
  • Born: Jul. 07, 1953, Los Angeles, CA
  • Home: Monterey Park, CA
  • Education:

    U.C.L.A., B.A. 1974; M.A. 1977; Ph.D. 1979.

  • Professional Career:

    Faculty member, Los Angeles Community College District, 1981-2001; Los Angeles City College, Psychology Dept., 1981-1988; E. Los Angeles College, Psychology Dept., 1988-2001.

  • Political Career:

    Garvey Schl. Bd., 1985-88; Monterey Park City Cncl. 1988-2001; CA Assembly, 2001-06; CA St. Bd. of Equalization, 2006-09.

  • Ethnicity: Asian/Pacific American
  • Religion:

    No religious affiliation

  • Family: Married (Mike Eng)

Democrat Judy Chu won a 2009 special election to succeed Democrat Hilda Solis, who became President Barack Obama’s secretary of Labor. Chu is the second Chinese-American member of the House, after Rep. David Wu, an Oregon Democrat, and the first Chinese-American woman. In 2011, she was elected to chair the Congressional Asian Pacific-American Caucus. Read More

Democrat Judy Chu won a 2009 special election to succeed Democrat Hilda Solis, who became President Barack Obama’s secretary of Labor. Chu is the second Chinese-American member of the House, after Rep. David Wu, an Oregon Democrat, and the first Chinese-American woman. In 2011, she was elected to chair the Congressional Asian Pacific-American Caucus.

Chu grew up in Los Angeles as the daughter of an electrical technician who brought his wife over from China under the War Brides Act. The family moved to the Bay Area when she was in junior high school. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, got a Ph.D. in psychology, and then taught for 13 years at East Los Angeles Community College. She served on the Garvey School District board for three years and was mayor of Monterey Park for 12 years. In 2000, Chu was elected to the California Assembly, where she focused on criminal justice and environmental protection issues. As the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, she sponsored a tax amnesty program that brought in significant sums for the state. In 2006, she was elected to the state Board of Equalization, where she worked on closing tax loopholes.

After Solis’ Cabinet appointment, the contest for the Democratic nomination quickly settled into a race between Chu and state Sen. Gil Cedillo, the leading Hispanic candidate. Although many observers viewed the election as an ethnic showdown between an Asian and a Latino, the race actually was more nuanced. Chu gained the endorsement of much of the Democratic establishment and the state party, including some prominent Hispanics, such as Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa and members of Solis’ family. The Los Angeles County Labor Federation, which was impressed by Chu’s support for farm workers, supported her, as did EMILY’s List, the national advocacy group for pro-abortion rights Democratic women. A third candidate was also a Hispanic and siphoned support from likely Cedillo voters: political novice Emanuel Pleitez, a 26-year-old financial analyst who had worked on Obama’s presidential campaign. Chu raised nearly $1 million, Cedillo more than $700,000, and Pleitez $200,000. Chu won with 32%, to 23% for Cedillo and 14% for Pleitez.

Because she failed to receive a majority of the total primary vote, she faced a runoff with Republican Betty Chu, a Monterey Park councilwoman who is Chu’s distant cousin by marriage. Little known by most district voters, Betty Chu got 10% of the vote in the primary, edging out Republican-endorsed Teresa Hernandez who got 9%. Hispanic groups lamented the likely loss of a seat in the House. Judy Chu easily bested Betty Chu by nearly 2-to-1, 62% to 33%.

Chu has continued Solis’ strongly liberal voting record. She joined the Out of Afghanistan Caucus and voted against a 2010 spending bill to fund military operations there. After her nephew, a lance corporal in the Marines stationed in Afghanistan, committed suicide in 2011 as a result of being beaten up by his fellow soldiers, she introduced an anti-military hazing bill. It was incorporated into the House-passed fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill. On the Judiciary Committee, she offered an amendment to a medical liability bill in 2011 to end health insurance companies’ exemption from antitrust laws; it ultimately tied 13-13 and was rejected by Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas. She introduced a bill a few months later to limit employers’ use of immigration law to thwart workers’ efforts to protect their labor rights.

As chair of the Asian Pacific-American Caucus, Chu lobbied Asian-Americans to support Obama’s reelection. “No other U.S. president in history has had such a deep understanding of the vibrancy of Asia,” she wrote in an op-ed piece shortly before the election. She sponsored a House-passed resolution in 2012 to have the United States apologize for the anti-immigrant Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, telling colleagues that her grandfather was forced to carry a certificate of U.S. residence for about 40 years. “It is for my grandfather, and for all Chinese Americans who were told for six decades by the U.S. government that the land of the free wasn’t open to them, that we must pass this resolution,” she said.

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Judy Chu Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Judy Chu (D)
Votes: 154,191
Percent: 63.98%
Jack Orswell (R)
Votes: 86,817
Percent: 36.02%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Judy Chu (D)
Votes: 50,203
Percent: 57.78%
Jack Orswell (R)
Votes: 20,868
Percent: 24.02%
Bob Duran (R)
Votes: 15,819
Percent: 18.21%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (71%), 2009 special (62%)
Judy Chu Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 91 (L) : - (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 92 (L) : - (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) 75 (L) : 24 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 94 (L) : - (C) 88 (L) : 11 (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 96.3 (L) : 3.7 (C) 86.2 (L) : 13.8 (C) 93.3 (L) : 6.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV10097
CFG1311
ITIC-58
NTU1315
20112012
COC19-
ACLU-100
ACU40
ADA10095
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
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