More than 25 Elected Officials show early support for Lieu
LOS ANGELES – State Senator Ted Lieu, whose state Senate district comprises more than 80 percent of the voters in the 33rd Congressional District, today announced he will run for Congress to succeed longtime Rep. Henry Waxman.
“Congressmember Henry Waxman is a living legend. Our nation owes a profound debt of gratitude for his remarkable leadership on issues ranging from the environment to foreign policy to health care," Lieu said.
Lieu, an immigrant, continued: "I am running because I love America. But our nation can do better. I have made the hard choices that helped turn California's budget deficit into a budget surplus; fought to protect our environment; co-authored legislation to divest California's pension funds from Iran's energy and nuclear industries; and authored landmark civil rights legislation. I will fight hard for my constituents in Congress as I have done in the state Senate."
“Henry Waxman was a warrior and a legislative giant who delivered for our communities, and I cannot think of anyone better suited to fill those enormous shoes than Ted Lieu. A military veteran who lives in and knows our neighborhoods, Ted is one of the smartest, toughest, most accomplished leaders I know. He is the person I trust most to stand up for the environment, health care, consumer protection, civil rights, economic opportunity and jobs.",” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin.
Judy Mitchell, the mayor of Rolling Hills Estates and a board member on the South Coast Air Quality Management District, had this to say about Lieu: “Ted Lieu is not only the best candidate, but if anyone can break through the partisan bickering and brinksmanship in Congress Ted certainly has the best chance."
In less than 24 hours Lieu has already garnered significant support. Lieu was endorsed today by more than 25 elected officials, including: Congressmembers Alan Lowenthaland Maxine Waters; State Controller John Chiang; State Board of Equalization Member Jerome Horton; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Paul Koretz and Bill Rosendahl (Ret.); state Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg; Senators Kevin de Leon, Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell; Assemblymembers Isadore Hall and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas; El Camino Community College District Trustee Cliff Numark; Hermosa Beach Mayor Michael DiVirgilio; Hermosa Beach Mayor Pro Tem Peter Tucker; Palos Verdes Estates City Councilmember George Bird, Jr.; Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor pro Tem Jim Knight; Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judy Mitchell; Redondo Beach City Councilmember Bill Brand; Torrance City Councilmembers Kurt Weideman andHope Witkowsky (Ret.); West Basin Municipal Water District Board Member Carol Kwan; Water Replenishment District Board Member Robert Katherman; Torrance School Boardmember Terry Ragins; El Segundo School Boardmember Dr. Bill Watkins; and Palos Verdes Peninsula School District Boardmember Barbara Lucky.
Lieu, a long-time resident of the district, is an Air Force veteran. He has served on the Torrance City Council, State Assembly and the California State Senate.
The 33rd Congressional District stretches from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu along the Los Angeles County coast.