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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Lieu's reports.
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Ted Lieu
Lieu pic.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, California, District 33
Date of primaryJune 3, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
California State Senate District 28
In office
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedFebruary 15, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sStanford University, 1991
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center, 1994
Personal website
Ted W. Lieu is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 28. He won election during the February 15, 2011 special election.

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. [1] 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.[2]

Lieu is seeking election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is looking to fill the open seat left by the retirement of Henry Waxman.[3]


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.

Committee assignments


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

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


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


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


Lieu's sponsored legislation includes:

  • 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.

Political Courage test

Lieu did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[4]

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. [5],[6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Lieu ranked as an 89.[7]



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

Lieu ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 33rd District. Lieu sought election in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[3]


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."[8]


Lieu defeated 7 other opponents in the February 15 special election for Senate District 28.[9]


See also: California Attorney General election, 2010
2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary [10]
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 Race for State Assembly, 53rd District - Democratic Primary
    • Ted Lieu ran unopposed
2008 Race for State Assembly, 53rd District - General Election [11]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Ted Lieu (D) 67.4%
Thomas H. Vidal (R) 32.6%
Total votes 188,809


  • 2006 Race for State Assembly, 53rd District - Democratic Primary
    • Ted Lieu ran unopposed
2006 Race for State Assembly, 53rd District - General Election [12]
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 information for Lieu is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Lieu raised a total of $5,017,758 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[13]

Ted Lieu's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
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 $5,017,758


Lieu was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lieu raised a total of $919,759.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ted Lieu's campaign in 2012
Longshore & Warehouse Local 13$15,600
California State Association of Electrical Workers$15,600
California State Pipe Trades Council$8,800
Zenith Insurance$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$919,759
Source: Follow the Money


Below are Lieu's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[14]

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


  • 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
  • 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


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jenny Oropeza (D)
California State Senate 28
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 53
Succeeded by
Betsy Butler