Judy May Chu(Dem)
Telephone:202-225-5464 (Main phone number)
Telephone:310-477-8081 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Los Angeles, CA
Residence:Monterey Park, CA
Undergraduate education: University of California - Los Angeles
Graduate education: California School of Professional Psychology
Judy Chu was born in Los Angeles. She earned a bachelor's degree in math from the University of California-Los Angeles and a doctorate in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.
Chu taught psychology at Los Angeles City College and East Los Angeles College for 20 years.
She became involved in politics fighting an English-only proposal for signs in Monterey Park, a Los Angeles suburb.
She was elected to the Garvey School District Board of Education, then held a succession of public offices, including mayor of Monterey Park, California assemblywoman and a post on the California State Board of Equalization.
She won a special election to Congress in 2009, and election to a full term in 2010.
She and her husband, California state Assemblyman Mike Eng, live in Monterey Park.
Judy Chu has concentrated on two issues since joining Congress in 2009: education and job creation.
Her major proposal is aimed at restructuring the way grants are provided for the nation's lowest-performing schools. Under her framework, school closure would be a last resort.
She says the education system must promote "flexibility and collaboration instead of tying the hands of administrators, teachers, and parents." Her proposal would provide support to students inside and outside of the classroom and offer mental health services for behavioral problems.
During the 112th Congress, she championed legislation that would provide more educational opportunities to pregnant teens, minorities and the poor.
Chu helped win passage of an extension of a subsidized jobs program in Los Angeles County as part of a small business and employment bill.
"Small business is the key," Chu said. "It creates two out of every three new jobs."
Chu has also been one of President Barack Obama's most consistent supporters in Congress, voting for the 2010 health care reform bill and other legislation supported by the president.
In response to the June 2012 Supreme Court decision upholding the health care legislation Chu said, "I commend their decision in the highest terms possible, and am grateful that we as a nation can finally rest assured that our health and wellbeing will not be subject to manipulative insurance practices."
She has offered to co-author legislation that would extend Social Security survivor benefits to older gay and lesbian couples.
Chu became involved in politics in the early 1980s, at a time when thousands of Asian immigrants were moving into Monterey Park. Longtime residents sought a ban on Chinese-language storefront signs, and she began part of a movement that beat back the proposal.
In 2012, she introduced a resolution passed unanimously by the House of Representatives that expressed regret for Congress' adoption of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which for decades banned Chinese from becoming naturalized U.S. citizens.
Chu was known in the state Legislature for championing the rights of Asians. But she also is recognized for her ability to bridge racial and ethnic lines: Her district has a large white and Hispanic population, as well as large numbers of Asian voters.
Committee Assignments: Small Business; Judiciary
American Conservative Union Rating: 4
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 100
Judy Chu won her June 2014 primary, she will face Jack Orswell in November.
(Last updated by The Associated Press on June 13, 2014.)