David Wu

First Congressional District of Oregon

David Wu has represented Oregon’s 1st Congressional District since 1999. 

Wu represents Oregon on a number of committees including House Education and Labor Committee, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness Subcommittee; Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee; chair of the Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation and serves as chair of the Congressional Community College Caucus.

Wu was the first Chinese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the former chairman and current Education Taskforce chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, as well as a member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

In October of 1961, at six years of age, he moved with his family to the United States after President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order updating unfair immigration quotas. He was educated in public schools, earned a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University in 1977, attended Harvard Medical School, and received a law degree from Yale University in 1982.

Early in his legal career, Wu clerked for a federal judge in Portland. He joined the Miller Nash law firm in 1984, and in 1988, co-founded the law firm Cohen & Wu.