Mr. Lieu is the current U.S. Representative for California’s 33rd Congressional District, and he is one of two Taiwanese-Americans serving in Congress. He serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Lieu was a Torrance Environmental Quality Commissioner and a member of the Torrance Council, the California State Assembly, and the California State Senate.
He is also a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves, stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Mr. Lieu attended Stanford for his undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Political Science, and then Georgetown University, where he received his law degree magna cum laude after serving as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. He also received four American Jurisprudence Awards.
Mr. Yang is an entrepreneur and author running for President as a Democrat in 2020. In 2011 he founded Venture for America, a national entrepreneurship fellowship, and spent the last 6 years creating jobs in cities like Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh. When Mr. Yang realized that new technology like artificial intelligence threatened to eliminate one-third of all American jobs, he knew he had to do something. In The War on Normal People (2018), he explains the mounting crisis and makes the case for implementing a universal basic income: $1,000 a month for every American adult, no strings attached.
Mr. Yang was born in upstate New York in 1975. His parents immigrated from Taiwan in the 1960s and met in grad school. He grew up believing in the American Dream—it’s why his parents came here. He studied economics and political science at Brown and went to law school at Columbia.