Judy Chu, Ph.D.
49th District, California
Dr. Judy Chu was elected to the
California State Assembly on May 15th, 2001. She represents a
Southern California district in the San Gabriel Valley that
includes the cities of Alhambra, El Monte, Monterey Park,
Rosemead, South El Monte, San Gabriel, and San Marino.
As a member of the California State
Assembly, Dr. Chu chairs the Budget Sub-Committee on Health and
Human Services, which oversees $60 billion in spending for health
and human services programs annually. She chairs the Select
Committee on Hate Crimes, is a member of the Select Committee on
Language Access, and also serves as a member of the Assembly
committees on Rules, Labor and Employment, Environmental Safety
and Toxic Materials, Human Services, and Transportation. Prior to
serving in the State Assembly, she served on the Monterey Park
City Council for thirteen years starting from 1988 to 2001, and
served as Mayor of the city three times.
Dr. Chu has been dedicated to
education throughout her career. She started her career in public
service as a board member of the Garvey School District from 1985
to 1988. She graduated with a B.A. in math from UCLA and a Ph.D.
in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional
Psychology, and served as a faculty member in the psychology
department in the Los Angeles Community College District for
twenty years, with the last 13 years at East Los Angeles College.
One of her first acts as a legislator was to obtain $250,000 to
fix Mark Keppel High School's heating and air conditioning
Dr. Chu has carried legislation in a
wide variety of areas. Her hate crimes bills improve the
prosecution of hate crimes, prohibit the insertion of hate flyers
in free publications, and create an anti-bias youth program. She
successfully carried legislation to increase training for
acupuncturists. She has helped the elderly and disabled by
allowing the vans that carry them to use carpool lanes. Her bills
also work to improve operations of domestic violence courts and
establish best practice models for campus sexual assault
programs. She carried a bill to establish an environmental
justice small grant program to help low income and minority
communities combat the effects of pollution. She has also helped
small businesses through a bill that improves the competitive bid
process for emergency work done by Cal Trans.
Dr. Chu was named by California
Journal as one of California's top new legislators. She has
received a 100% rating by the Children's Advocacy Institute, the
Congress of California Seniors, the Better Business Alliance and
the California League of Conservation Voters. She was given the
Legislative Hero Award by the California Primary Care
Association. She was also awarded the Public Service Award by the
UCLA Alumni Association for her work in addressing the ethnic
shift in Monterey Park and for promoting diversity by founding
Monterey Park's annual Harmony Month.
Dr. Chu is married to Michael Eng, a
noted community leader and attorney in the Los Angeles area.