The two-term congresswoman replaces Rep Judy Chu (D-CA) who founded CAPAC in 2011.
“In order to energize the AAPI community and ensure we have a seat at the table,we must work hard to elect candidates that understand and will uphold the mission of the CAPAC Leadership PAC,” said Meng. “The CAPAC Leadership PAC played an important role in my election and I look forward to offering the same opportunities to candidates that share our values and that live in districts with large AAPI populations.”
The goal of CAPAC is to increase the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander legislators and federal candidates who support the needs and values of the AAPI community.
After its founding, CAPAC supported the successful candidacies of six newly elected AAPI members of Congress:Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (HI), Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07), Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-08), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06) and Rep. Mark Takano(CA-41). In the 2014 Elections, the PAC supported and welcomed new members Rep.Ted Lieu (CA-33) and Rep. Mark Takai (HI-01). Today, there are 14 AAPI Members of Congress.
“The CAPAC Leadership PAC is about leadership, empowerment, action and diversity in our political process. I’m extremely proud of the progress that we have made over the last two election cycles. We now have an unprecedented number of AAPIs serving in Congress,” said Rep. Judy Chu, immediate past chair of the CAPAC Leadership PAC. “This year is an extremely important election year for our nation and for our community. I have full confidence that my colleague, Grace Meng, will lead our PAC to new heights with her vision and commitment.”
Meng is the first Asian American Member of Congress from New York State, and the only Congress member of Asian descent in the entire Northeast. She is also the first female Member of Congress from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.
“Judy Chu has done a remarkable job in building the PAC to support the growing pipeline of AAPI candidates running for federal office,” said Mike Honda (CA-17), vice chair of the CAPAC Leadership PAC. “I am pleased that Grace Meng will be leading our efforts for greater representation in Congress and I look forward to supporting her vision and efforts.”
This year alone, there are forty AAPI candidates running for federal office, some of which have mounted formidable campaigns, outraising their opponents in contributions and conducting aggressive outreach to their communities.
Chu chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the official congressional member organization. She remains on the executive committee of the CAPAC Leadership PAC board in the position of immediate past chair.
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