On the heels of a resounding victory in Tuesday night’s primary election, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) on Thursday endorsed State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) to succeed him in Congressional District 33.

Rep. Henry Waxman and State Sen. Ted Lieu
Rep. Henry Waxman and State Sen. Ted Lieu

Waxman, who is retiring after 40 years in office, said in his endorsement:

“Ted Lieu is my choice to represent us in Congress. Ted is the son of hard-working immigrants and has served with distinction in our armed forces and in public office; his life story and experience have earned him my strong admiration. I endorse Ted Lieu because he will always work tirelessly to strengthen the middle class, make higher education more affordable, help workers save for retirement, and protect our privacy from intrusive NSA surveillance.”

Lieu is advancing to the general election after placing in the top two out of 18 candidates in the primary. He will be facing Republican Elan Carr in November.

Lieu’s district comprises more than 80 percent of the voters in CD 33. He is a long-time resident of the district, an Air Force veteran, and a former member of the Torrance City Council and the State Assembly.

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