Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) released the following statement today after being sworn in as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing California’s 48th District:
“This is my American dream and I am honored and humbled to serve my community as one of the first Korean-American women ever elected to Congress. Taking the oath of office to represent the nation that has blessed me with so many opportunities is a moment I will never forget. This is a responsibility that I will never take for granted, especially as so many families and businesses continue to fight back against the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, I was committed to supporting businesses owners and workers, fighting against high and unfair taxes, supporting our seniors, and making sure our veterans receive the care they so rightly deserve. As your Representative in Congress, this mission to serve our entire district will continue, and I am ready to get to work.”
About Rep. Steel
Rep. Michelle Steel is one of the first ever Korean-American women elected to serve in Congress. Born in South Korea, Rep. Steel lived in Japan before emigrating to the United States. Prior to being elected to Congress, she served a majority of the 48th congressional district as an Orange County Supervisor representing the residents of the Second District. She previously served two terms on the State Board of Equalization as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers– the nation’s only elected tax board – where she represented more than nine million residents, including all of Orange County. At the time, Steel was the highest-ranking Korean-American elected official in the United States. California’s 48th district includes Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, the unincorporated area of Midway City, and portions of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Westminster. She has been married to her husband Shawn for 39 years. They have two daughters.
The article and photo above were released by the office of Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA48).