David Wu

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David Wu (2009)

David Wu ( Chinese  吳振偉 , Pinyin Wú Zhènwěi , born April 8, 1955 in Taiwan ) is an American politician . From January 3, 1999 to August 3, 2011, he represented the first constituency of the state of Oregon in the US House of Representatives .


In 1961, David Wu and his parents came to the United States from Taiwan, where they first settled in Latham, New York State . After primary school, Wu studied at Stanford University in California until 1977 . He then began to study medicine at Harvard University , which he dropped out. Instead, he studied law at Yale University until 1982 . He then worked for a federal judge and co-founded a joint law firm.

Wu joined the Democratic Party . In 1998 he was elected to the US House of Representatives in the First District of Oregon, where he replaced Elizabeth Furse on January 3, 1999 . In the following years he was confirmed in his office. With a speech against government policy under President George W. Bush , he caused a sensation when he said in a speech based on the Star Trek films that the White House was occupied by Klingons . David Wu has a son and a daughter with his wife Michelle. He lives in Portland privately .

In August 2011, Wu was forced to resign after allegations of sexual harassment were raised against him. Accordingly, he had made advances to the underage daughter of a supporter of his election campaign. Immediately after taking part in the vote on the resolution on the current budget crisis, he informed Oregon's Governor John Kitzhaber and Speaker John Boehner of his resignation. Kitzhaber had scheduled the by-election for the vacant seat for January 2012. In this by-election, Suzanne Bonamici was chosen as her successor.

Individual evidence

  1. The Hill: David Wu resigns from House amid scandal (August 3, 2011)

Web links

  • David Wu in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)
Wikisource: David Wu  - Sources and full texts (English)