What is there to say about new U.S. Representative Judy Chu, elected to the House of Representatives just last week in a special election to replace Hilda Solis, who left Congress to join the Obama Cabinet as Secretary of Labor? She’s the first woman of Chinese ancestry to be elected to the House, which is nice, but that status doesn’t actually accomplish anything practical for her constituents.
In terms of legislative accomplishments, Representative Chu doesn’t have many yet, given her short time in office. The fact that she’s pledged to fly to California every weekend makes it especially difficult for her to move fast to enact any agenda in Congress. Did her constituents elect her to sit on an airplane? It’s certainly not an ecologically wise choice.
Representative Chu has written no legislation. Neither has she cosponsored any legislation. She has participated in some meetings. She has cast some votes as well, such as the one yesterday in favor of H.R. 3288, a housing a transportation appropriations bill that expands funding for high speed rail. However, the record isn’t long enough to provide a reasonable assessment of her political position within the House of Representatives.
One particular area triggers my interest when it comes to Chu: Rights for LGBT Americans. It has been said that Judy Chu supports the right of same-sex couples to get married. So far in Congress, that supposed support has not materialized into practical action. Chu has not joined the LGBT Equality caucus, and has not yet formally supported any legislation on issues important to LGBT Americans.