Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009. She represents a southern California district that includes Pasadena, the west San Gabriel Valley and the foothill communities of the San Gabriel Mountains.
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, Worker and Family Support, and Oversight giving her oversight over healthcare reform and crucial safety net programs. She also serves on the House Small Business Committee, which has oversight over the Small Business Administration, and serves on the House Budget Committee.
Some of Rep. Chu’s proudest accomplishments in Congress include:
- Leading the passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act
- 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
- Securing the long-overdue Veterans Healthcare Clinic for the San Gabriel Valley
- Requiring the Department of Defense to address military hazing
- Helping entrepreneurs by establishing two new Small Business Development Centers in the San Gabriel Valley
- Helping small businesses gain access to capital by reviving programs that allow them to refinance old, expensive real estate loans and increasing funds for the Small Business Investment Committee
- Fighting addiction by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to develop standards for sober living homes that help those in recovery
- Protecting women through the Women’s Health Protection Act, which enshrines the provisions of Roe v. Wade into statute
- Leading the protest against the Muslim Travel Ban through the No Ban Act
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 community across the nation.
Chu founded and co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, which advocates for the copyright protections of those in the creative industries, such as music, film and visual arts.
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.