<br>Welcoming The Honorable Judy Chu To The House Of Representatives
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Ms. CHU. Speaker Pelosi and fellow Members of the House of Representatives, I'm so honored and humbled to be here in this great hall of Congress. I'm especially honored to follow in the footsteps of my mentor, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, whose support and encouragement I truly cherish.
I am proud to have been elected by a district of people in California, in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles, that is diverse, that is working class, and that cares deeply about its senior centers, parks, and community centers.
They are anxious to ensure that their kids will have a job when they graduate from college, that they don't have to fear getting sick, and that they can be secure in staying in their homes. I look forward to working with you and making sure that this happens.
I want to thank my supporters for believing in me so strongly. And they are up there. I want to thank my family, my nieces--my family especially. My husband, Mike Eng.
It is at times like this when I think about my grandfather, who came to this country with nothing. He worked hard and opened up a small Chinese restaurant and working night and day, day and night, and he used that very expensive labor--his sons--to make ends meet. And now, two generations later, here I am.
America is truly the land of opportunity. I thank you all very much.