CLBR 2017 Hero: Rep. Ted Lieu, Opposition Tweeter
On December 20, CLBR will have our annual year-end Heroes and Zeros episode in which, with guests Brenda Christensen, Denise Howell and Dan Tynan, we highlight those doing wonderful things on the internet and those deserving a cyber lump of coal. This year, in order to give credit (and shame) where it is due, I am naming my hero and zero “nominees” individually and today we honor one of President Trump’s top twitter foils – Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA). The second most retweeted Democrat in the country.
Congressman Lieu was an early Twitter critic of this administration and quickly gained attention for his responses to President Trump and his administration.
There are a few themes Lieu keeps coming back to;
Congressman Lieu’s tweet stream has put him ahead of “Chuck and Nancy” and President Obama is the sole Democratic who does better than Lieu.
Rep. Ted Lieu
Ted W. Lieu was elected to California’s 33rd Congressional District in 2014, succeeding retiring 40-year incumbent Henry Waxman. He participated in CLBR’s Silicon Beach Debate at that time.
In the 114th Congress, Ted was elected president of the Democratic Freshman class by his colleagues. Today he serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is also an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus.
Ted is a former active duty officer in the US Air Force JAG corps and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves. Ted has received numerous medals for his outstanding military service, including the Air Force Humanitarian Service Medal and multiple Meritorious Service Medals.
As one of only four computer science majors currently serving in Congress, and as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Information Technology, Ted is frequently sought out for his insight on technology and innovation matters including cybersecurity, cloud computing and innovation as well as the sharing and creative economy.
He serves as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus task force on armed services and veterans, Co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus.
Prior to serving in Congress, Ted was elected to the California State Senate in 2011 and the State Assembly in 2005. Ted started his elected service as a Member of the Torrance City Council in 2002. Prior to serving on the Council, Ted was a Torrance Environmental Quality Commissioner.
After getting degrees in Computer Science and Political Science from Stanford, Ted went to Georgetown University, where he received his law degree magna cum laude after serving as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. After serving active duty, Ted joined the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson as a litigator. In 2003, Ted joined the legal office at UBS Financial Services.
Ted’s wife, Betty, is a Water Commissioner and a former California Deputy Attorney General. They live in Torrance with their two sons, Brennan and Austin.
Annual Heroes and Zeros Show
Listen on Wednesday, December 20th at 1PM ET / 10AM PT on WebmasterRadio.fm as I discuss the Heroes and Zeros for 2017 with our special guests – Brenda Christensen, Denise Howell and Dan Tynan.