|Member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors from the 2nd district|
|Assumed office |
January 5, 2015
|Preceded by||John Moorlach|
|Member of the California State Board of Equalization|
from the 3rd district
January 5, 2007 – January 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Claude Parrish|
|Succeeded by||Diane Harkey (redistricted)|
Michelle Eunjoo Park
June 21, 1955
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Pepperdine University (BS)|
University of Southern California (MBA)
|Revised Romanization||Bak Eunju|
Michelle Eunjoo Park Steel (born June 21, 1955) is an American Republican government official. She is a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and a former member of the California State Board of Equalization.
Steel was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her father was born in Shanghai to Korean expatriate parents. Steel was educated in South Korea, Japan, and the United States. She holds a degree in business from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. She is fluent in Korean and Japanese.
She has been active in Republican Party politics, and served on various commissions in the George W. Bush administration.
California State Board of Equalization
Steel was elected to the California State Board of Equalization in 2006 when Republican incumbent Claude Parrish ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer. Throughout her tenure, she served as the country's highest ranking Korean American officeholder and California's highest ranking Republican woman. She represented more than eight million people in the 3rd district, which then included the entirety of Imperial, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties, and portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. In 2011, she was elected vice chair of the Board of Equalization.
Orange County Board of Supervisors
In March 2018, Steel was the only elected official to greet President Donald Trump when he landed at LAX on his first official visit to California as president. In 2019, she was appointed by Trump to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Opposition to facemasks during COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, she opposed mandatory facemasks in Orange County. She voted against requiring face coverings for retail employees, and opposed requirements of masks in public schools. She questioned the medical effectiveness of masks in preventing the virus spread.
Opposition to same-sex marriage
Steel opposes same-sex marriage. In 2014, after her daughter voiced support for same-sex marriage, Steel withdrew her from the University of California Santa Cruz and sent her to Loyola Marymount, a private Jesuit university.
2020 U.S. House campaign
Steel is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in California's 48th congressional district. Steel received 34.9% of the vote in the primary and faces incumbent Democratic Congressman Harley Rouda in the November 3, 2020 election.
In 1981, Steel married Shawn Steel, a former California Republican Party chairman and current Republican National Committee committeeman from California. They have two daughters, Cheyenne and Siobhan; and live in Surfside, California.
- Steel, Michelle Park. "Board Member Michelle Steel". California State Board of Equalization. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
- "亞裔支持朴銀珠選稅委" [Asian Americans support Park's election to tax board]. 2006-08-23. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
- Michelle Steel, JoinCalifornia.com, retrieved 2011-09-29
- 2006 California State Treasurer election
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- "Two new faces join Board of Supervisors". 5 November 2014.
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- "Trump names Michelle Park Steel co-chair of president's advisory commission on AAPIs". February 3, 2019.
- options (18 June 2020). "Californians must wear face masks in public under coronavirus order issued by Newsom". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
- "OC Supervisors Vote To Require Face Coverings For Many Retail Employees". MyNewsLA.com. 22 April 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
- "Mailbag: Controversies, contributions drive concerns about Orange County races". LA Times. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
- Custodio, Spencer (2020-05-26). "Orange County Public Health Officials Under Fire Over Mask Order". Voice of OC. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
- "Republican congressional candidate bragged about pulling daughter out of university for 'brainwashing' after she supported equal marriage". PinkNews - Gay news, reviews and comment from the world's most read lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans news service. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- Bollinger, Alex (8 July 2020). "Republican candidate brags about pulling her daughter out of college for supporting LGBTQ rights". LGBTQ Nation. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "California GOP congressional candidate claimed she withdrew her daughter from college for supporting gay marriage". Metro Weekly. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "O.C. Supervisor Michelle Steel to challenge Rep. Harley Rouda in 2020 election". Associated Press. May 3, 2019.
- "Michelle Steel". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
- Steel, Michelle Park. "Vice Chair Michelle Steel". California State Board of Equalization. Retrieved 14 November 2012.