A proud Democrat and health care reform champion, Judy Chu has represented the Western San Gabriel Valley since 2009. Chu holds the distinction of being the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress.
Before seeking elected office, Chu taught psychology in the Los Angeles Community College District for 20 years. She first entered public life when she was elected to the Board of Education for Garvey School District in 1985. After that, Chu was elected to the Monterey Park City Council, serving as mayor for three terms.
Chu is a strong advocate for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community across the nation, having been elected chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in 2011. She is currently the co-chair and founder of the bipartisan Congressional Creative Rights Caucus. She has also has served on a variety of committees including powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
In May of 2021, Congresswoman Chu signed a letter led by Congressman David Price calling for ceasefire to hostilities between Israel and Hamas. More recently, she signed the Merkley-Stansbury letter urging the administration to engage the Israeli government in order to prevent evictions in the West Bank communities of Masafer Yatta. In 2015, she supported President Obama's Iran deal, which verifiably blocked Iran's path to nuclear weapons.