By Randall Yip, AsAmNews Executive Editor
Rep Ted Lieu (D-CA) became the first Asian American to be elected to top Democratic leadership on Wednesday, Rep Judy Chu (D-CA) celebrated in a tweet.
The House Democrats elected him Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus.
Lieu himself described himself as “immensely grateful…It is the privilege of a lifetime to serve in the House and represent our wonderful community in LA County,” he said on Twitter.
In a statement released by his office, Lieu went on to say “I cannot wait to build on the progress that Speaker Pelosi ushered in with our Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries. His election, as well as the elections of Whip Katherine Clark and Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar, represent a historic, generational turn for our nation. They are a leadership team of which all Americans can be proud.”
His rise to leadership is also being applauded by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.
“Congressman Lieu is a stalwart advocate for our AA and NH/PI community, and we are thrilled that he has been elected by the House Democratic Caucus to serve in a leadership position,” it said in a statement sent to AsAmNews.
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