Ted W. Lieu was born on March 29, 1969 in Taipei, Taiwan. His family immigrated to America when Ted was three years old. In 1991 Lieu graduated with bachelor’s degrees in computer science and political science from Stanford University, and three years later he received a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He then served as an …
Ted W. Lieu was born on March 29, 1969 in Taipei, Taiwan. His family immigrated to America when Ted was three years old. In 1991 Lieu graduated with bachelor’s degrees in computer science and political science from Stanford University, and three years later he received a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He then served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1995-99; an attorney with the firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson from 2000-03; and an attorney with UBS from 2003-05.
Lieu launched his political career in 2002, when he began a three-year stint on the city council of Torrance, California. After serving as a member of the California State Assembly from 2005-10, he ran for the office of California Attorney General but lost the Democratic nomination to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Lieu then set his sights on the California State Senate, where he held a seat from 2011-14. And in a 2014 campaign that was endorsed by the Progressive Democrats of America, Lieu was elected to succeed the retiring Henry Waxman as the Representative for California’s 33rd Congressional District in the U.S. House. He is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
In December 2011, then-State Senator Lieu announced that he was conducting a personal boycott of all Lowe’s home-improvement stores in his district because of a decision by that corporation to withdraw its advertising from the TLC program All-American Muslim, a show with abysmally low Nielsen ratings. Troubled by the fact that the move by Lowe’s came shortly after the Florida Family Association had criticized the program for its pro-Islamic propaganda, Lieu accused the store of “bigotry.” Moreover, he said he was “looking into” whether “they’ve broken any law” and threatened possible “legislative remedies.”
Also during his tenure in the California Senate, Lieu, who unequivocally believes that human activity is a factor in the creation of potentially catastrophic climate change, co-authored Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. This legislation required “a sharp reduction of greenhouse gas emissions” as part of a “comprehensive, long-term approach” to saving the environment. In 2015 Lieu introduced a similar measure, the Climate Change Solutions Act, in Congress. He is also in favor of increasing carbon taxes, raising CAFE standards for American-made automobiles, and using federal funds for research into wind, solar, and other alternative-energy resources.
Committed to the notion that illegal aliens residing in the United States today should be offered a pathway-to-citizenship, Lieu calls for increased immigration to the U.S. by impoverished, low-skilled peasants from Central America. “I think it’s easy for people like you and me who wear suits and ties and work in offices to cast aspersions on those with a tenth-grade education,” he told a congressional hearing in 2015, “… But let’s talk about some of these folks with a tenth-grade education…. I have had the opportunity to meet over the years many farmworkers who have had families die under brutal conditions in the heat so that you or I can have less expensive orange juice, cheaper artichokes, or less expensive garlic . . . and I just want to suggest that these people have given far more to American society than you or I ever will.”
In September 2015 Lieu praised Pope Francis for the “inspirational comments” he had made during a speech to Congress on what Lieu termed “fierce and urgent issues like immigration, income inequality, the death penalty and climate change.” Specifically, the pope had made a case for higher levels of immigrant and refugee admittance, the redistribution of wealth, the abolition of capital punishment, and the implementation of measures to counteract “the environmental deterioration caused by human activity.”
In October 2017, Lieu, on behalf of a left-wing Asian-American organization, presented an award to Islamist extremist Linda Sarsour in recognition of her leadership role in having organized the January 2017 “Women’s March” — a massive anti-conservative, anti-Trump rally in Washington, D.C.
A few days after Donald Trump was inaugurated as President in January 2017, Lieu asserted that “our leader is potentially unhinged … and that is highly disturbing.” Wherever Trump’s name appeared in Lieu’s press releases, the congressman placed asterisks linking to a footnote that said: “***In addition to losing the popular vote, Trump … is in violation of the Emoluments Clause … of the U.S. Constitution due to massive conflicts of interests and his refusal to put his global business holdings in blind trusts. Trump also benefited from Vladimir Putin ordering a multifaceted and brazen Russian influence and cyber hacking campaign with the goals of undermining faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrating Secretary Clinton’s electability, and helping Trump’s election chances. Trump and his press secretary also routinely make stuff up.” Moreover, Lieu’s website featured a “Cloud of Illegitimacy Clock,” which measured the length of Trump’s “illegitimate” term in the White House.
In January 2019, Lieu told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “Democrats will never cave to Donald Trump’s demands” regarding the construction of a border wall. Said the congressman: “Wolf, elections have consequences. Last year, Republicans ran on building the wall. Democrats ran on health care and infrastructure, and Republicans lost the popular vote in the midterms by the largest margin in U.S. history. So, Democrats are not going to cave in on this wall demand. Because the American people do not support the wall.”
In January 2019 as well, Lieu criticized Second Lady Karen Pence’s decision to take a job as an art teacher at a private Christian school that: (a) does not permit gay students to attend, and (b) requires employees to affirm their belief that marriage should only be a union between one man and one woman. “I’m a follower of Christ,” Lieu tweeted. “You know what Jesus said about homosexuality? NOTHING. But he did say a lot about love. Stop cloaking your hate in your purported religious beliefs. It’s just hate.”
At an April 2019 House Judiciary Committee hearing on hate crimes and white nationalism, Lieu played a 30-second audio clip of comments that conservative activist Candace Owens had made about Adolf Hitler and nationalism four months earlier. Lieu falsely characterized those remarks as an attempt “to legitimize Adolf Hitler” and did not give Owens an opportunity to respond to his charges. Owens did subsequently have a chance to respond to Lieu, thanks to a Republican senator giving her time to do so. To view the full exchange between Lieu and Owens, including Owens’s response to Lieu’s accusation, click here.
As matters of principle, Lieu believes that:
- all women should have an unrestricted right to abortion-on-demand at any stage of pregnancy – subsidized by taxpayers, in cases of economic hardship;
- the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is an excellent statute that can serve a strategic stepping stone toward the eventual implementation of a government-run, single-payer healthcare system;
- all employers, public and private, should be legally required to implement affirmative-action hiring and promotion policies that give preference to African Americans and women, as compensation for historical injustices;
- more guns in the hands of private citizens inevitably result in higher levels of crime, thus the availability of firearms should be restricted by whatever means are effective;
- voter ID laws are, by and large, designed to suppress minority voting;
- federal spending on infrastructure projects and job programs is crucial to the success of any economic recovery program;
- the nationalization of banks and corporations is preferable to federal bailouts of those entities;
- the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which which would have carried some 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Canada to refineries in the U.S. each day, would have harmed the natural environment and exacerbated America’s counterproductive dependency on fossil fuels; and
- restrictions on offshore energy production should be left in place.
For a more detailed look at Lieu’s voting record, click here.
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Further Reading: “Ted Lieu” (Votesmart.org, Keywiki.org, Ballotpedia.org); “All-American Muslim: Threats, Intimidation, & Hate” (by Daniel Greenfield, 12-11-2011, re: the Lowe’s boycott); “The Lowe’s Boycott” (National Review, 12-13-2011); Ted Lieu on Immigration (Lieu.house.gov); “Congressman Ted. W. Lieu Statement on Pope Francis’ Speech” (9-24-2015); “Democrat Ted Lieu Affirms Support for Extremist, Terror-Supporting Linda Sarsour” (by Joel Pollack, 10-22-2018); “Should Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) Be Court-Martialed?” (by Joel Pollack, 1-26-2017, re: Trump’s alleged illegitimacy); “Lieu: ‘Democrats Will Never Cave to Donald Trump’s Demands in a Government Shutdown’” (Breitbart.com, 1-3-2019); “Democratic Rep Lieu Accuses Pence ‘f ‘Cloaking Your Hate’ in Christianity” (Daily Caller, 1-18-2019); Ted Lieu’s Positions on Numerous Key Issues (OnTheIssues.org).