Washington, D.C. (Aug. 3, 2011) — U.S. Congressman David Wu (OR-1st) released the following statement after notifying Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and House Speaker John Boehner of his resignation effective August 3, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.
“Serving as a U.S. Congressman has been the greatest honor of my life. There is no other job where you get up each day and ask, ‘How can I try to make the world a better place today?
“Particularly meaningful to me has been working for more and better investments in science and education. Also, I believe that my support for people who struggle for human rights and civil liberties will ultimately bear fruit in a world that is more just and peaceful.
“However great the honor and engaging the work, there comes a time to hand on the privilege of elected office — and that time has come.”
Wu announced on July 26 that he would resign upon completion of the U.S. Budget voting. The announcement followed a statement that he would not seek a seventh term as the nation’s first Chinese American U.S. Congressman.
Wu stepped down amid rumors of inappropriate relations with staff and stress related issues in the months since his most recent election last year.
Wu has held the Oregon 1st Congressional District seat since January 1999. He was the first Chinese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and has held the seat for six terms. During his tenure, Wu has also served as chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and remains an executive board member. Wu also served on the Committee on Science Space and Technology, and the Committee on Education and Labor.
In 2005, Rep. Wu named 14 year-old Roseville teenager ShengShee Thor, as a recipient of a The U.S. Space Camp/Academy. Thor won the scholarship from thousands of other APIA kids around the country for his essay on why he wanted to go to camp.
The five-day astronaut training program for young people and activities include simulated Space Shuttle missions and other training that the austronauts go through in the Alabama phase.
Wu and spouse Michelle Maxine Wu married in 1996 and have two children. Wu came to America as a child from Taiwan and was raised in New York State and graduated from Stanford University before earning his law degree at Yale Law School.