From her position on the House Ways and Means Committee and as a member of the Subcommittees on Health, Worker and Family Support, and Oversight, Congresswoman Judy Chu has distinguished herself as a champion of working families. The first Chinese American woman elected to Congress, Rep. Chu has served as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus since 2011 and has been a leading advocate for the needs and concerns of the Asian American Pacific Islander community across the nation. Please join former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in conversation with U.S. Rep. Judy Chu as they discuss protecting women’s rights, responding to anti-Asian hate and violence, and advancing the needs of working families and small businesses in California and across the nation.
The Barbara Boxer Lecture is an annual event, sponsored jointly by the Institute of Governmental Studies and The Bancroft Library, that focuses on women in leadership.
Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009. She represents the 27th
Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern
Rep. Chu currently serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has
jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to taxes, revenues, Social Security, and Medicare. In that
Committee, Rep. Chu is a member of the Subcommittees on Health, giving her oversight over
healthcare reform and crucial safety net programs.
She also serves on the House Small Business Committee, which has oversight of the Small
Business Administration, as well as the House Budget Committee.
In 2011, Chu was elected Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which
advocates for the needs and concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities
across the nation. She helps lead the Tri-Caucus, a joint effort with the Congressional Black
Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Chu founded and co-chairs the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, which advocates for the
copyright protections of those in the creative industries, such as music, film and visual arts. She
also serves in leadership of the House Democratic Caucus as a Member of the Steering and
Some of Rep. Chu’s proudest accomplishments in Congress include: introducing and passing a
Congressional resolution of regret for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; working with
President Obama to declare the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument; requiring the
Department of Defense to address military hazing; helping entrepreneurs by establishing two
new Small Business Development Centers in the San Gabriel Valley; and helping small
businesses refinance old, expensive real estate loans by reviving the Small Business
Administration’s 504 loan refinance program.
Chu was first elected to the Board of Education for Garvey School District in 1985. From there,
she was elected to the Monterey Park City Council, where she served as Mayor three times. She
then was elected to the State Assembly and then California’s elected tax board, known as the
State Board of Equalization. In 2009, she became the first Chinese American woman elected to
Congress in history.
Chu lives with her husband, Michael Eng, in the city of Monterey Park, where they have been
residents for over 30 years.
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