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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Congressman Lieu joins civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis and House Democrats during the House Democrats Sit-In on Gun Control


"I am fully committed to ensuring and protecting the civil rights of all Americans. I vehemently stand against any sort of racial, cultural, or religious intolerance that threatens to divide the melting pot our country has become. If we want to uphold the principle of equality that this country prides itself on, we must not let fear tear us apart."

"As an immigrant from Taiwan, I am proud to be a strong advocate for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Congress. As an executive board member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I am dedicated to promoting the well-being of the AAPI community."

More information on Congressman Lieu's work on AAPI issues can be found here.


More on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

February 7, 2017 In The News

Congressman Ted Lieu, D-California, hosted a telephone town hall Monday night to address the current direction of the nation after a series of actions by President Donald Trump. Lieu, who represents California’s 33rd Congressional District, which includes Westwood, answered questions from his constituents, covering topics such as how citizens can better support immigrants affected by the recent travel ban and how the Constitution can help push back against Trump.

February 6, 2017 In The News

Monday on MSNBC’s “All In,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said President Donald Trump “lies pathologically,” and that he added leads to “authoritarianism, and therefore he was “a danger” to the republic.

Lieu said, “Let me say that we have a problem here in America. Our president lies pathologically. He has a staff lie pathologically and then he attacks the free press, he attacks the judiciary and this is what starts authoritarianism. Donald Trump is a danger to republic and we need to wake up and understand the harms that he’s causing our country.”

February 4, 2017 In The News

A Democratic lawmaker slammed President Trump on Saturday over his tweets attacking The New York Times and defending his executive order temporarily banning citizens from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

"Last 24 hrs on Twitter, Donald Trump went on rant about 'death & destruction,' 'FAKE NEWS,' & 'evil.' Should he get mental health exam?" Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tweeted.

January 31, 2017 In The News

Last week, the famed Doomsday Clock, created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to sound the alarm over the inherently catastrophic nature of nuclear weapons, was set ahead 30 seconds, to two and a half minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been to midnight since 1953. 

January 31, 2017 In The News

Barack Obama and his aides expected to take on President Donald Trump at some point, but they didn’t think it would happen this quickly.

Now they’re trying to find the right balance on issues that demand a response, and how to use Obama deliver the selective pushback. Obama and his team are monitoring what’s happening at the White House, and not ruling out the possibility that Obama will challenge Trump more forcefully in the coming months, according to people who’ve been in contact with the former president.

January 30, 2017 In The News

If you are as utterly obsessed with Los Angeles as we are, this is the painstakingly curated list you need in your life. Whittling it down to 50 was nearly impossible but someone had to do it. And that someone was us. In no particular order…

1. @LAScanner
Tweets about crimes heard over the police scanner, often hilariously. #ScannerOn forever.

May this be the year where the illegal fireworks cause the dogs & cats to rise up against us. May they win & save us from ourselves.

January 30, 2017 In The News

Republicans hoped he would turn out to be a conventional conservative. Democrats hoped he would not do anything too drastic, and maybe even strike a few deals.

But the best guide to what Donald Trump would do as president appears to be what he said he would do as president.

January 29, 2017 In The News

Crowds have gathered for the second day in a row at LAX to protest President Donald Trump's immigration and travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, CA Congressman Ted Lieu and Congresswoman Maxine Watersand, and actress Ellen Page are reportedly part of a group of hundreds who have descended on the airport to decry the detention of travelers from counties on the list, which includes Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

January 29, 2017 In The News

“The Muslim ban is simply based on bigotry,” said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Sunday in response to President Donald Trump’s refugee travel ban.

Lieu went on to tell reporters outside of Los Angeles International Airport at an afternoon press conference:

“Our president and campaign made statements that were bigoted. He has now taken actions based on bigotry, which leads me to conclude that the American president is a bigot. I’m not proud to say that, but is it important for people to call it what it is, and then do protests.”

January 27, 2017 In The News

After James Mattis was sworn in as his Secretary of Defense, President Donald Trump signed an “extreme vetting” executive order that, in his words, would “keep radical Islamic terrorists out.”

Below is text of the order that Trump signed:

Here is the "extreme vetting" executive order President Trump signed