Representative Ted Lieu

The Asian American Action Fund proudly endorses Ted Lieu for United States Congress. Ted is running for re-election in California’s 33rd congressional district.

Representative Lieu currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ted is a former active duty officer in the US Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves. In Congress, Ted has established himself as a leader on protecting the environment; Social Security and Medicare; civil liberties; and veterans.

He has been an outspoken proponent for tackling climate change.  The first bill Ted wrote and introduced after coming to Congress was the Climate Solutions Act, which aims to make California’s ground-breaking renewable energy goals and climate emissions reduction targets a national model.

As one of only four computer science majors currently serving in Congress, and as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Information Technology, Ted is frequently sought out for his insight on technology and innovation matters including cybersecurity, cloud computing and innovation as well as the sharing and creative economy.

Ted has been a leader in Congress against ethnic and racial profiling, and discrimination against the LGBT community.  He serves as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus task force on armed services and veterans, Co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus.

Prior to serving in Congress, Ted was elected to the California State Senate in 2011 and the State Assembly in 2005.  Ted’s legislative accomplishments include authoring landmark legislation regulating the subprime mortgage industry; a first-in-the-nation ban on gay conversion therapy for children; and a first-in-the-nation ban on the use of tanning beds for minors.

Ted fought for California state tax reform that saved small businesses from millions in retroactive taxes, and tax incentives for film and TV production.  Ted also co-authored California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act and co-authored the law banning state pension funds from investing in Iran’s nuclear and energy industries.

Looking for a better life and opportunity, Ted and his family immigrated to the United States when he was three years old.  His parents went to flea markets and sold gifts and jewelry to make ends meet.  Ted’s family went from being poor and not speaking English well to opening up a gift store where Ted and his brother would help out in the family business.  After many years of perseverance his parents were eventually able to expand to six stores.

Recognizing the great opportunities America had given to his family, Ted wanted to serve his country to preserve the American Dream.  He joined the United States Air Force, where he served in the JAG corps.  After serving on active duty for four years, Ted wanted to continue to serve his country and joined the Reserves.  Ted has received numerous medals for his outstanding military service, including the Air Force Humanitarian Service Medal and multiple Meritorious Service Medals.

Learn more about Ted Lieu at his website.