Carol Liu

Carol Liu

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
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 Cañada 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. The 25th District also includes Griffith Park and the Angeles National Forest.

Senate Focus Areas

Senator Liu established GREEN21, an environmental sustainability program designed to reduce the 25th Senate District’s carbon footprint and develop a sustainable regional economy for the 21st Century.

She also created the Pathways program to simplify access to services for low-income residents to meet their needs for food, housing, healthcare, education and employment.

Senator Liu's efforts as Chair of the Senate Education Committee include a focus on Community Schools strategies, which align the resources of an entire community to support student success and strengthen families and schools.


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. All of Senator Liu's proposed and enacted legislation can be viewed on her official website.

Senator Liu authored SB 64 (2015) to require the California Transportation Commission to review updates to the California Transportation Plan and prepare recommendations to improve the statewide integrated multi-modal transportation system. These changes will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase sustainability, and help prepare the state transportation system to deal with long-term climate change. This bill is part of the Senate's California Climate Leadership Package, and is a follow-up to SB 391 (Liu, 2009).

Senator Liu's SB 42 (2015) – Postsecondary Education Goals bill coordinates California's Higher Education segments (U.C. and C.S.U.).

Her California Earned Income Tax Credit SB 38 (2015) bill creates a California Working Family Tax Credit equal to 15% of the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit. This credit will strengthen the economic standing of families across California and make work pay for those in low wage jobs.

Senator Liu voted in favor of California Senate Constitutional Amendment No.5.[2][3] The proposed bill would have asked California voters to consider repealing provisions of Proposition 209, thus permitting state universities to consider an applicant's race, ethnicity or national origin in making admissions decisions. The proposed amendment resulted in controversy. In a Facebook 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." Senator Liu, along with former Senators Leland Yee and Ted Lieu, who had also voted for the bill, ultimately issued a joint statement calling for the bill to be withheld pending further consultations with the "affected communities."[5]

Early life and career

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

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.

Personal life

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, where he served until retiring in 2014. They have three children and four grandchildren.


  1. ^ Senator Carol Liu, 25th District
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  3. ^ China Daily USA"Prop 209 changes spark protests" 2014-02-28
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  5. ^ Pasadena WeeklyAndré Coleman & Kevin Uhrich, "A Giant Awakens" Mar. 12, 2014

External links

  • Official website