Congressman Ted Lieu

Congressman, California 33rd Congressional District, United States House of Representatives

Ted W. Lieu represents California’s 33rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Ted is serving in his fourth term in Congress and currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was also elected by his Democratic Colleagues to serve as a Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. Ted is a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves, stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base. In Congress, Ted has established himself as a leader on the environment; cybersecurity; civil liberties; government ethics and veterans. He has been an outspoken proponent for tackling climate change. The first bill Ted 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. In 2019, Ted introduced an even more aggressive version of the legislation in order to tackle society's most pressing issue. As one of only four computer science majors currently serving in Congress, 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. He has also introduced legislation to prioritize consumer safety in technologically-advanced cars as well as legislation that would ensure law enforcement and tech companies protect consumer privacy. Ted has been a leader in Congress against ethnic and racial profiling, including discrimination against the LGBT community and hate toward the Asian American community. He serves as Whip of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus. Ted was first elected in 2014, having taken over the seat of Henry Waxman, who retired after serving in Congress for 40 years. In 2015, Ted was elected president of the Democratic Freshman class by his colleagues. In his first term in Congress, seven pieces of legislation sponsored by Ted were signed into law. This includes bills to provide housing for homeless Veterans and retrofit vacant buildings at the West LA VA campus; combat foreign propaganda and misinformation; and require more stringent cleaning instructions for medical devices. 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.

Congressman is speaking at

July 17, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


  • Gregg Orton (Moderator) National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
  • Senator Joe Nguyen (Speaker) Senator, Washington State Senate
  • Alex Lee (Speaker) Assemblymember, State of California, 25th Assembly District
  • Krystal Ka'ai (Speaker) Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
  • Erika Moritsugu (Speaker) Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Senior Liaison, White House
  • Congressman Ted Lieu (Speaker) Congressman, California 33rd Congressional District, United States House of Representatives


The AAPI electorate is a formidable community with the power to shape and influence elections down the ticket throughout the U.S. As AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the country, it is essential that our community remain vigilant about voting and achieving representation at a proportional rate to elected office.

This closing plenary features a panel of rising AAPI officials at the local, state, and federal levels from across the country. Discussions will focus on their respective paths to elected office, challenges they face in their roles as AAPI officials, and the urgent need to pass the most significant voting rights and democracy reform in more than half a century: The For the People Act.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).

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