She was previously the representative for California’s 32nd congressional district as a Democrat from 2009 to 2012.
In 2017 Chu was investigated for having been arrested during a December protest outside of the White House. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no action as the fine has been paid.
|Dec. 21, 2017||House Committee on Ethics recommended no action as the fine was paid|
In 2014 Chu received a letter of reproval for using House staff to perform campaign activities and then obstructing the investigation. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that the campaign work occured without her knowledge but because Chu attempted to obstruct the investigation, a letter of reproval was issued.
|Dec. 11, 2014||House Committee on Ethics concluded that the campaign work occured without her knowledge but because Chu attempted to obstruct the investigation, a letter of reproval was issued|
Read our 2018 Report Card for Chu.
Chu is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Chu has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Judy Chu sits on the following committees:
- House Committee on Small Business
- House Committee on Ways and Means
Chu was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4761 (114th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 61 South Baldwin Avenue in Sierra Madre, California, as the “Louis Van Iersel Post Office”.
- H.R. 5060 (114th): Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act
- H.R. 6487 (111th): Preserving Foreign Criminal Assets for Forfeiture Act of 2010
- H.R. 5202 (111th): National School Lunch Protection Act of 2010
Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Chu sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (24%) Education (22%) Immigration (16%) Taxation (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Commerce (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)
Some of Chu’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 580: Supporting the designation of the week of September 23 through September 27, 2019, ...
- H.Res. 581: Expressing support for the recognition of September 22, 2019, to September 28, 2019, ...
- H.R. 3901: Student Data Counts Act of 2019
- H.R. 3799: Reuniting Families Act
- H.R. 3711: Nutrition CARE Act of 2019
- H.R. 3668: Asuncion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act of 2019
- H.R. 3430: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend funding for ...
From Jul 2009 to Oct 2019, Chu missed 204 of 7,022 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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