Judy Chu won the special election for California’s 32nd Congressional District Tuesday and was sworn in today as the first Chinese-American woman in Congress. Chu won 62 percent of the vote against Republican Betty Chu and Libertarian Christopher Agrella reported, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Chu’s election brings the number of women currently serving in the House of Representatives to 78.
According to Emily’s List, Chu most recently served as the Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization and has previously served in the state Assembly, as Monterey Park Mayor, on the Monterey Park City Council, and as a member of the Garvey School District School Board. Chu has a strong record on reproductive rights and on gay and lesbian rights, among other issues.
The seat was vacated by former Representative Hilda Solis who was confirmed as Secretary of Labor in February. The Feminist Majority PAC endorsed Judy Chu’s candidacy.