Carol Liu – Biography
Senator 21st District
Carol Liu is the State Senator from the 21st District which includes Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, portions of the City of Los Angeles, and other surrounding cities and communities. Carol Chairs the Senate Human Services Committee.
Carol continued her education at the U.C. Berkeley School of Education where she earned both a lifetime teaching credential and a credential in education administration. She was a teacher in the Richmond, California, public schools from 1964 through 1978 — teaching history at the Junior and Senior High level. She also worked as a school administrator from 1978-1984.
While serving as Executive Director of the Richmond Federation of Teachers (from 1975-1978) Carol met her future husband, Michael Peevey, at an AFL-CIO convention. Carol and Mike have three children and three grandchildren.
After relocating to southern California, Carol quickly emerged as a key community volunteer and civic leader. Initially she focused on education and other issues affecting children and she served as a PTA President and as President of the Pasadena City College Foundation Board. She soon became involved in a wide range of issues – from affordable housing to preservation of open space – that affected local quality of life. In 1992 Carol was elected to the La Cañada Flintridge City Council. She served on the Council for eight years, including two very successful terms as Mayor.
In 2000, Carol was elected to the State Assembly to represent the 44th District and served three terms. In the Assembly Carol held several positions of leadership including Chair, Assembly Higher Education Committee; Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus; and Chair, Women’s Legislative Caucus. She was awarded Legislator of the Year honors by several organizations including: California State Student Association; California Industrial Technology Education Association (CITEA); National Organization of Women; and The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL).
Many key pieces of legislation Liu authored during her tenure in the Assembly were signed into law. These included bills to: reinvigorate career and technical education programs at the high school level, lower the costs of college textbooks, protect foster children, prevent domestic violence, and strengthen criteria for conservators named to administer the affairs of incapacitated individuals.
After being termed-out of her service in the State Assembly in 2006, Carol resumed her active schedule of teaching and community service. She was an instructor at UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and served as a member of several Boards including the Claremont University Consortium (CUC) Board of Overseers, The Women’s Foundation of California, UCLA School of Public Affairs Advisory Board, and The UC Berkeley Water Policy Programs Advisory Board. She Chaired the CORO Southern California Endowment Campaign and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education Advisory Board.