Ted Lieu is an American politician who represents California’s 33rd congressional district in the United States House of Representative Lieu. In addition to his political works, Lieu also served in the military; Lieu is a US Air Force Reserve colonel.

The Early Years of Ted Lieu

Ted Lieu was born on March 29, 1969, in Taipei, Taiwan. Lieu’s family immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio and Lieu attended Saint Ignatius High School in the city. He graduated from the school in 1987 before accepting an offer to attend California’s Stanford University. Lieu graduated with a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in political science from the prestigious university in 1991. Ted Lieu went on to attend Georgetown University Law Centre where he graduated magna cum laude and earned his Juris Doctor.

The Career of Ted Lieu

Ted Lieu served as a law clerk to Thomas Tang, an American judge, following his graduation from law school. Lieu then joined the Air Force and served four years on active duty. Beginning from 200, Ted has served in the Air Force Reserve and received the colonel rank in December of 2015.

Ted Lieu’s political career received a major breakthrough after he won a special election on September 13, 2005, to fill the 53rd Assembly district following the death of incumbent Mark Gordon. Lieu was able to defeat three Republicans to secure the seat for himself. Ted Lieu was reelected in the following elections in 2006 and 2008. Lieu was instrumental in the rescinding of the LPGA Tour Commission’s suspension-penalty policy for players incapable of speaking proper English during sponsor talks and award ceremonies. Lieu partnered with San Francisco State Senator Leland to pressurize LPGA to revise its policy. Ted was also one of the authors of a successful bill that bypassed environmental quality regulations to build a football stadium in LA.

After serving in the California State Senate, Ted Lieu emerged as the Democratic candidate for the 33rd congressional district. Lieu defeated Republican Elan Carr to win the general election. As a member of the House of Representatives, Ted Lieu was able to secure a $35 million fund for seismic retrofits in West Los Angeles VA. He introduced tH.R. 1437- No Money Bail Act of 2017 and the H.R. 669- Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.

Ted Lieu was instrumental in authoring a bill that provisioned the banning of sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors in 2012. The bill was first of its kind in any US state. Ted Lieu has also actively opposed President Trump’s family separation policy.

Personal Life & Net Worth


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Ted Lieu is married to Betty Lieu. The couple is blessed with two sons Austin Lieu, Brennan Lieu. The family resides in Torrance, California. Ted Lieu has an estimated net worth of over $500,000.

Interesting Facts

  1. Ted Lieu is the only Taiwanese American member of the 114th United States Congress alongside Grace Meng.
  2. In 2017, Russian news agency Sputnik accused Lieu of inciting “Russophobic hysteria” through one of his tweets.
  3. Ted Lieu has received four American Jurisprudence awards.

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