Taiwan-born US Representative Ted Lieu (劉雲平) was last week promoted from lieutenant colonel to colonel in the US Air Force reserves during a special ceremony at Capitol Hill in Washington attended by top political and military figures.
“As the son of immigrant parents who were able to achieve the American dream, I joined the air force on active duty and decided to continue to serve in the reserves to give back to America,” he said.
Lieu, 47, moved from Taiwan to Cleveland, Ohio, when he was three years old.
His parents opened a souvenir store in Cleveland that was eventually expanded into a six-strong chain of shops.
Lieu graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1994 before entering politics as a senator in California and being elected to the US House of Representatives in 2014 as a Democrat representing Los Angeles County. He is the only Taiwan-born member of the US Congress.
Lieu’s promotion ceremony was conducted by US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and was attended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward Royce.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald also attended.
Lieu said the US was an exceptional country of “boundless opportunity” that had given much to his family.
He said the US Air Force was made up of imminently dedicated and skilled professionals who worked to safeguard the US in the air, in space and in cyberspace.
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