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Rep. Chu Recommends More AAPI Nominees, Reiterates Need for Secretary-level Appointment in Biden Administration

December 18, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), reiterated to President-elect Biden that there must be an AAPI at the Cabinet Secretary-level, as there has been for over 20 years. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:

“President-elect Biden, as you build a representative, diverse, and experienced cabinet for your historic presidency, I am urging you to ensure that that includes an AAPI Cabinet Secretary. Including an AAPI at this highest level of government, as Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump have done, is a recognition of the AAPI community’s impact and contributions to our nation. And there is no better evidence than the most recent election, where AAPI voter turnout increased significantly, especially in crucial swing states like Georgia, where AAPI turnout increased 91% from 2016 – the overwhelming majority of votes going to the Biden/Harris ticket.

“There is no shortage of incredibly qualified AAPI candidates to serve in your administration. For instance, California Labor Secretary Julie Su has a long career spent advancing workers’ rights and opportunity, and was recently endorsed for Secretary of Labor by 15 Members of Congress in a letter led by Rep. Mark Takano. Additionally, Dominic Ng is a proven leader ready to help businesses and the economy as Secretary of Commerce on Day 1. As CEO of East West Bank, a former United Way Chair and Board Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Dominic understands our economy and how to help rebuild it after this pandemic.

“These are just two of the many incredible AAPI leaders that I am urging President-elect Biden not to overlook as he builds a Cabinet that will serve all the people of this country.”

 

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