Carol Liu

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Carol Liu
Member of the California State Senate
from the 25th district
21st district (2008–2012)
Assumed office
December 1, 2008
Preceded by Jack Scott
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 44th district
In office
December 4, 2000 – December 4, 2006
Preceded by Jack Scott
Succeeded by Anthony J. Portantino
Personal details
Born (1941-09-12) September 12, 1941 (age 73)
Berkeley, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michael Peevey
Children Darcie
Residence La Cañada Flintridge, California
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
San Jose State University
Occupation Teacher

Carol Liu (Chinese: 劉璿卿; pinyin: Liú Xuánqīng; born September 12, 1941) is a Democratic politician in the state of California who served in the State Assembly from 2000 until she was termed out in 2006. Liu was subsequently elected to succeed termed-out Jack Scott in 2008 to gain entrance to the California State Senate, where she is now serving her second term.[1]

Senator Carol Liu represents the 25th District, which includes the cities of Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, Upland, and most of Burbank, along with the communities of Altadena, La Crescenta, and Montrose in the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County and the Sunland/Tujunga and Los Feliz portions of the City of Los Angeles.

Among her major accomplishments in the Senate has been the enactment of Senate Bill 110, the Crime Victims with Disabilities Act of 2010. Passed unanimously by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the bill assures that abuse and neglect of people with disabilities and elders are treated as crimes.

Early life and career[edit]

Liu was born in 1941 in Berkeley, California. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University and her teaching credentials from UC Berkeley, Liu taught junior high and senior high school-level history in the San Francisco Bay Area cities of Richmond and El Cerrito, California from 1964 until 1978. She also served as executive director of the Richmond Federation of Teachers from 1975 to 1978. Liu served as a school administrator from 1978 until 1984.

Political career[edit]

Before serving in the Senate, Liu served in the Assembly. Prior to the Assembly, Liu served on the city council of La Cañada Flintridge, a small city near Pasadena, from 1992 until 2000, including two terms as its mayor. In the 2008 primary election for California Senate, she initially faced opposition from former Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer; however, Frommer decided to drop out before the election.

On January 30, 2014, Senator Liu voted in favor of California Senate Constitutional Amendment No.5.[2][3] The proposed bill asks California voters to repeal provisions of Proposition 209 and permit state universities to consider an applicant's race, ethnicity or national origin in making admissions decisions. Introducing racial consideration back to the public education system caused massive controversy. Only days after her vote on SCA-5, angry people flocked to her Facebook page questioning her vote on SCA-5. In a response,[4] Liu indicated that California Proposition 209 set "outdated barriers" to groups of "underrepresented students eligible for U.C. and C.S.U." and that their enrollment "has not kept pace with the proportion of the high school graduating class they now represent." On February 27, after hearing strong opposition to the bill from the Asian-American community, Senator Liu, along with Senators Leland Yee and Ted Lieu, who had also voted for the bill, jointly issued a statement calling for the bill to be withheld pending further consultations with the "affected communities."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Liu is married to Michael Peevey, who was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Gov. Gray Davis, and later was named president of the Commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. They have three children and three grandchildren.


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