During the American-Chinese Veterans lunch in Houston this week, Texas State Representative Gene Wu shared his thoughts on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May and the challenges they face.
State Representative Gene Wu is representative of the diverse population in Houston, Texas. The Chinese American proudly serves the people in District 137, the Sharpstown area where he grew up. Wu, a Democrat, was elected in 2012 to the Texas Legislature and joins a small, but growing number of Asian Americans elected to state office and public office.
Since his election in 2012, Wu has been re-elected twice and is serving a third term. Wu has written bills to reform the criminal justice system, add more protections for victims of human trafficking, improve standards for Pre-Kindergarten children and to help Texas students be more prepared for college. Currently, Wu serves on the Appropriations and Human Services committees.
Before 2012, Wu was a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and is an attorney in private practice.
Wu continues to serve Houston in many ways. He holds monthly workshops with Neighborhood Centers, Inc. to help Harris County residents become American citizens. Wu also has mentored and taught adults in the Skills for Living program and tutored youth at Sharpstown High School to help them succeed in school and life. Wu also is active on community advisory boards, including the OCA and Chinese Community Center.
Wu also publishes newsletters to inform his constituents of free programs and events in District 137. METRO will have free bus rides for children K012 this summer. There’s also a Farmer’s Market at the Southwest Multi-Service Center. On June 1st, Wu also is hosting a public safety event at the Chinese Community Center with the Houston Police Department.
Wu is a graduate of Texas A & M and has a Masters degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. He earned his law degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston.
Wu and his wife, Miya, also are proud parents of 2 sons. The family lives in southwest Houston.