Ted Lieu

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Ted Lieu
Lieu pic.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 33
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorHenry Waxman (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$20.06 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$7,310,793
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate District 28
2011-2014
California State Assembly
2005-2010
Education
Bachelor'sStanford University, 1991
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center, 1994
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ted W. Lieu is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing California's 33rd Congressional District. Lieu won election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Elan Carr (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

Lieu is a former member of the California State Senate, representing District 28 from 2011 to 2014.

Lieu was also a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing the 53rd District from September 2005 to 2010. On February 12, 2009, he announced his candidacy for the statewide office of Attorney General, the seat being vacated by Democrat Jerry Brown, who won election as governor in November 2010.[2] He went on to lose the Democratic nomination to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, after placing fourth with nearly eleven percent of the vote.

In June 2011, Governing Magazine named Lieu one of 12 "Democratic Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities such as leadership, ambition, and political potential.[3]

Biography

Lieu earned his bachelor's degree in computer and political science from Stanford University in 1991 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994.

Lieu is a Major in the United States Air Force Reserves. He previously served as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Air Force and was a Judicial Clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Lieu's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Lieu serves on the following committees:[5]

California Legislature

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lieu served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Governmental Organization
Insurance
Labor and Industrial Relations, Chair
Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lieu served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lieu served on these committees:

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Ted Lieu's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Lieu is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Lieu received a score of 47 percent on social issues and 25 percent on economic issues.[6]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[7]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[6] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Lieu's sponsored legislation in the state legislature included:

  • AB 32 - Public officials: personal information
  • AB 550 - California Financial Literacy Initiative
  • AB 668 - Firearms: gun-free school zones

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[8][9]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Lieu ranked as an 89.[10]

Elections

2014

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See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Lieu won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 33rd District. Lieu and Elan Carr (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014. Lieu then defeated Carr in the general election on November 4, 2014.[11][1][12]


U.S. House, California District 33 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Lieu 59.2% 108,331
     Republican Elan Carr 40.8% 74,700
Total Votes 183,031
Source: California Secretary of State
U.S. House, California District 33 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElan Carr 21.6% 23,476
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Lieu 18.8% 20,432
     Democratic Wendy Greuel 16.6% 17,988
     Independent Marianne Williamson 13.2% 14,335
     Democratic Matt Miller 12% 13,005
     Republican Lily Gilani 7.1% 7,673
     Democratic Kevin Mottus 2.4% 2,561
     Republican Barbara Mulvaney 2.3% 2,516
     Democratic David Kanuth 1.4% 1,554
     Democratic Kristie Holmes 0.9% 994
     Libertarian Mark Herd 0.8% 883
     Green Michael Sachs 0.7% 732
     Democratic Michael Shapiro 0.6% 650
     Independent Tom Fox 0.5% 509
     Democratic Zein Obagi 0.4% 477
     Democratic Vince Flaherty 0.3% 345
     Democratic James Graf 0.3% 327
     Independent Brent Roske 0.2% 188
Total Votes 108,645
Source: California Secretary of State

Endorsements

Lieu was endorsed by Rep. Karen Bass. She said in her endorsement, "I have worked closely with Ted Lieu for many years. He helped elect me as Speaker of the California Assembly and was on my leadership team during the deep fiscal crisis in California. We made the tough choices to get the state back on track, and that's exactly what Ted will do for our country. Ted's leadership, experience and bipartisan approach to solving some of the state's largest problems is what we need more of in Washington."[13]

Lieu received the endorsement of the Democratic Party in a local vote on February 8, 2014.[14]

Lieu also received the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in the primary.[15]

Lieu was endorsed by former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan, a Republican.[16]

On March 25, 2014, Lieu gained the endorsement of the California School Employees Association, the largest classified school employees union in the United States.[17]

Lieu also received the endorsement of the California Teachers Association on April 4, 2014. CTA President Dean Vogel said, "Ted has always been a strong advocate for fully funding our public schools and colleges, which are finally beginning to heal from years of devastating cuts. We strongly endorse Ted Lieu for Congress, and look forward to his leadership in Washington."[18]

The League of Conservation Voters endorsed Lieu along with a Democratic rival, Wendy Greuel.[19]

Lieu received the endorsement of retiring incumbent Henry Waxman on June 5, 2014. Waxman said, "Ted is the son of hard-working immigrants and has served with distinction in our armed forces and in public office; his life story and experience have earned him my strong admiration. I endorse Ted Lieu because he will always work tirelessly to strengthen the middle class, make higher education more affordable, help workers save for retirement, and protect our privacy from intrusive NSA surveillance."[20]

2011

Lieu defeated seven other opponents in the February 15 special election for Senate District 28.[21]

2010

See also: California Attorney General election, 2010
2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[22]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Kamala Harris 33.1%
     Democratic Party Chris Kelly 15.9%
     Democratic Party Alberto Torrico 14.9%
     Democratic Party Ted Lieu 10.5%
     Democratic Party Rocky Delgadillo 10.1%
     Democratic Party Pedro Nava 9.9%
     Democratic Party Mike Schmier 5.6%
Total Votes 1,676,360

2008

  • 2008 Race for State Assembly, 53rd District - Democratic Primary
    • Ted Lieu ran unopposed
2008 Race for State Assembly, 53rd District - General Election[23]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Ted Lieu (D) 67.4%
Thomas H. Vidal (R) 32.6%
Total votes 188,809

2006

  • 2006 Race for State Assembly, 53rd District - Democratic Primary
    • Ted Lieu ran unopposed
2006 Race for State Assembly, 53rd District - General Election[24]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Ted Lieu (D) 58.5%
Mary Jo Ford (R) 36.9%
Peter Luke Thottam (Green) 2.3%
Karl Abrams (PF) 2.3%
Total votes 129,092

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Lieu is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Lieu raised a total of $7,310,793 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[25]

Ted Lieu's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (California, District 33) Won $2,293,035
2012 California State Senate, District 28 Not up for election $919,759
2011 California State Senate, District 28 Won $537,690
2010 Attorney General of California Defeated $1,517,543
2008 California State Assembly, District 53 Won $1,183,830
2006 California State Assembly, District 53 Won $858,936
Grand Total Raised $7,310,793

2014

Lieu won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Lieu's campaign committee raised a total of $2,293,035 and spent $2,173,521.[26] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[27]

Cost per vote

Lieu spent $20.06 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, California District 33, 2014 - Ted Lieu Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,293,035
Total Spent $2,173,521
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $1,581,866
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $1,575,539
Top contributors to Ted Lieu's campaign committee
Munger, Tolles & Olson$33,050
Pachulski, Stang et al$28,250
Fidelity National Financial$19,950
E-World USA Holding$18,450
Great Far East$15,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$159,000
Retired$131,450
Real Estate$112,450
Health Professionals$110,838
Leadership PACs$58,000

Below are Lieu's FEC reports.

2012

Lieu was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lieu raised a total of $919,759.

2008

Below are Lieu's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[32]

Contributor 2008 total
California Democratic Party $77,883
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
Farmers Insurance Group $11,800
California School Employees Association $11,200

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of California scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[33]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "bills related to due process, privacy rights, equal protection, and criminal justice."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."

2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[34]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by CPC.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "taxpayer-related issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.===2012===

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[35]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills protect water or promote safe and affordable water.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

Awards

  • Leadership Award (1998) from the Federal Asian Pacific American Council
  • Appreciation Award (2003) from the Torrance Symphony Association
  • Appreciation Award (2003) from the Space & Missile Systems Center - Los Angeles Air Force Base
  • Installation Award (2005) from the Lomita Chamber of Commerce
  • Exemplary Community Service Award (2006) from the Switzer Learning Center
  • Impact Award (2006) from the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • Local Government Support Award (2006) from the League of California Cities
California
  • Spot Beam Award (2006) from the California Space Authority
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2007) from the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. - Chapter 53
  • Outstanding Leadership Award (2007) from the Navy Region Southwest
  • Legislative Leadership Award (2007) from the Los Angeles County Probation Officers
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2007) from the California State Commanders Veterans Council
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2007) from the CalDerm Association
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2008) from the West Basin Municipal Water District
  • Dee Hardison Award (2008) from the Torrance Performing Arts Consortium
  • Distinguished Service Award (2008) from the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • Distinguished Community Service Award (2008) from the Philippine American Bar Association
  • Outstanding Chinese American Legislator Award (2008) from the Chinese Benevolent & Women’s Association
  • Mickey Conroy Legislator of the Year Award (2008) from the California State Commanders Veterans Council
  • Distinguished Leader Award (2009) from the Greenlining Institute

Military honors

  • United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
  • United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster)

Other roles

Ted Lieu for Attorney General Campaign logo
  • Member, Friends of Madrona Marsh
  • Member, Friends of Torrance Library
  • Member, Heal the Bay
  • Member, Reserve Office Association
  • Board Member, Switzer Center School and Clinical Services
  • Member, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Torrance Historical Society
  • Board Member, Torrance/South Bay Young Men's Christian Association

Personal

Lieu and his wife, Betty, have two children - Brennan and Austin. They currently live in Torrance, California.

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See also

External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  2. 8 Asians, "California Assemblyman Ted Lieu Running for California Attorney General" 12 Feb. 2009
  3. Governing, "Democratic Legislators to Watch," June 1, 2011
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "LIEU, Ted, (1969 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 On The Issues, "Ted Lieu Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  7. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  8. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  9. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  10. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  11. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cong
  13. Press Release, "Congresswoman Karen Bass endorses Ted Lieu for Congress," February 3, 2014
  14. Campaign website, "Ted Lieu Wins Vote for Democratic Party Endorsement," February 9, 2014
  15. Ted Lieu for Congress, "SEIU California Endorses Ted Lieu for Congress," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. Los Angeles Times, "Republican ex-L.A. Mayor Riordan endorses Democrat Lieu in House race," March 17, 2014
  17. Ted Lieu for Congress, "California School Employees Association Backs Ted Lieu for Congress," accessed March 26, 2014
  18. Ted Lieu campaign website, "California Teachers Association Endorses Ted Lieu for Congress," April 4, 2014
  19. Los Angeles Times, "Conservation League backs two rivals for Waxman's House seat," April 18, 2014
  20. Daily Breeze, "Rep. Henry Waxman endorses Sen. Ted Lieu in race to succeed him," June 5, 2014
  21. LA Times, "Winners avoid runoffs in two special elections for California Senate," February 16, 2011"
  22. California Secretary of State, "2010 Statewide Primary Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014 (dead link)
  23. CA Secretary of State: Vote 2008, "General Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014 (dead link)
  24. California Secretary of State, "Official 2006 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  25. Open Secrets, "Lieu, Ted," accessed February 3, 2015
  26. Open Secrets, "Ted Lieu 2014 Election Cycle," accessed February 24, 2015
  27. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed February 23, 2015
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Lieu April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Lieu Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Lieu July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Lieu October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  32. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  33. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  34. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  35. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Waxman
U.S. House, California, District 33
2015-Present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Jenny Oropeza (D)
California State Senate 28
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Jeff Stone (R)
Preceded by
-
California State Assembly District 53
2005–2010
Succeeded by
Betsy Butler