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Judy Chu
Judy Chu.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 27
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorHilda Solis (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.21 in 2012
First electedJuly 14, 2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,971,493
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2001-2006
Monterey Park City Council
1988-2001
Board of Education, Garvey School District
1985-1988
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D.California School of Professional Psychology
Personal
BirthdayJuly 7, 1953
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionCollege Professor
Net worth$2,079,513
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Judy May Chu (b. July 7, 1953, in Los Angeles, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 27th congressional district. Chu was first elected to the House in a special election on July 14, 2009.

Chu most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 27th District. She defeated Jack Orswell (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 32nd by redistricting.[2]

Chu began her political career in the California State Assembly, where she served from 2001 to 2006.

Chu is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Chu is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Chu was born in Los Angeles, California. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1974 and her PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1979.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Chu serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Chu served on the following committees:[5]

  • Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
  • Small Business Committee
    • Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Chu's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[8][9] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Chu was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[8][9]

National Defense Authorization Act

Neutral/Abstain Chu did not vote on HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Chu voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[11]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Chu voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Chu voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Chu voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[14] The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Chu voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[16]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Chu voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Chu voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[18]

Campaign themes

2012

Chu's campaign website listed the following issues:[19]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Since being elected to Congress in the midst of one of the worst economic crises in our nation's history, Judy Chu has maintained a laser-like focus on creating jobs, stimulating economic development and assisting small businesses to not only survive, but to thrive as we emerge from the Great Recession."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Judy Chu is proud to have cast her vote in favor of the historic Affordable Care Act, the most sweeping reform to our nation’s health care system since the passage of Medicare in the 1960s."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Having taught for twenty years in the Los Angeles Community College system before coming to Congress, Judy Chu knows firsthand about the challenge every schoolteacher faces while balancing quality education with shrinking budgets."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "The San Gabriel Valley has six major freeways cutting through its geographical boundaries. And because of the area's tremendous population growth, most of those freeways have reached their capacity and are jammed with commuters during peak hours."
  • Environment and Clean Energy
Excerpt: "Congresswoman Chu continues to fight to protect our environment by supporting clean-up efforts of our local air and water resources. She is standing up against attempts by the majority in Congress to undo the Clean Air and Water Acts, and is a big proponent of clean and renewable energy, which not only helps us become more energy independent, but also creates new jobs."

Elections

2014

See also: California's 27th congressional district elections, 2014

Chu is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 27th congressional district elections, 2012

Chu won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 27th District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 32nd by redistricting. She and Jack Orswell (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Bob Duran (R). Chu then defeated Orswell in the general election on November 6, 2012.[20][21]

U.S. House, California District 27 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Chu Incumbent 64% 154,191
     Republican Jack Orswell 36% 86,817
Total Votes 241,008
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 27 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Chu (D) Incumbent 57.8% 50,203
Green check mark transparent.pngJack Orswell (R) 24% 20,868
Bob Duran (R) 18.2% 15,819
Total Votes 86,890

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Chu is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Chu raised a total of $3,971,493 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[24]

Judy Chu's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 27) Won $1,468,072
2010 US House (California, District 32) Won $2,503,421
Grand Total Raised $3,971,493

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Chu's reports.[25]

Judy Chu (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2013$1,256,637.83$73,487.10$(67,084.84)$1,262,940.09
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2013$1,262,940.09$78,394.00$(75,980.40)$1,265,353.69
Running totals
$151,881.1$(143,065.24)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Chu's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Chu won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Chu's campaign committee raised a total of $1,468,072 and spent $803,348.[28] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[29]

Cost per vote

Chu spent $5.21 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Chu's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Chu won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Chu's campaign committee raised a total of $2,503,421 and spent $1,860,357.[30]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Chu is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 2013.[31]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[32]

Chu most often votes with:

Chu least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Chu missed 65 of 2,802 roll call votes from July 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[33]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Chu paid her congressional staff a total of $885,521 in 2011. She ranked 23rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 126th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[34]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Chu's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,184,026 and $2,975,000. That averages to $2,079,513, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth increased by 8.48% from 2010.[35]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Chu's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,099,025 and $2,735,000. That averages to $1,917,012.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[36]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Chu ranked 55th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[37]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Chu was 1 of 19 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings.[38]

Voting with party

2013

Chu voted with the Democratic Party 97.0% of the time, which ranked 23rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[39]

Personal

Chu has a husband, Mike Eng.

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "Judy Chu announces plans to run for new San Gabriel Valley congressional district", PasadenaStarNews.com, August 8, 2011
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "CHU, Judy, (1953 - )"
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Serving California's 32nd District "Biography"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  19. Campaign website, Issues
  20. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  21. Unofficial election results
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. California Secretary of State special election results, accessed April 22, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Judy Chu," Accessed March 22, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "Judy Chu Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  26. 'Federal Election Commission "Judy Chu April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  27. 'Federal Election Commission "Judy Chu July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Judy Chu 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  29. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Judy Chu 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  31. Gov Track "Judy Chu," Accessed June 7 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Judy Chu," Accessed July 31, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Judy Chu," Accessed April 2, 2013
  34. LegiStorm "Judy Chu"
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "Chu, (D-Cali), 2011"
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Chu, (D-Cali), 2010"
  37. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  38. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
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Hilda Solis
U.S. House of Representatives - California
2009-Present
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California State Assembly
2001-2006
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Monterrey Park City Council
1988-2001
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Board of Education, Garvey School District
1985-1988
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