John Liu
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John C. Liu
Liu at the 2009 West Indian Day Parade.
New York City Comptroller
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Preceded by Bill Thompson
Member of the New York City Council from the 20th District
In office
January 2002 – January 2010
Preceded by Julia Harrison
Succeeded by Peter Koo
Constituency Queens: Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Gardens, Kissena Park, Harding Heights, Auburndale; part of Whitestone
Personal details
Born January 8, 1967 (age 46)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jenny Liu
Children Joey
Residence Flushing, New York, United States
Alma mater Binghamton University
Profession Politician
Website Office of the Comptroller
John Liu
Traditional Chinese 劉醇逸
Simplified Chinese 刘醇逸

John Chun Liu (born January 8, 1967) is a New York City elected official, serving as New York City Comptroller and running for the 2013 mayoral race. Liu had served on the New York City Councilrepresenting District 20. He was elected to the City Council in 2001 to represent northeast Queens, and was re-elected in 2003 and 2005.

Liu entered the New York City Comptroller election in 2009 and won the race on November 3, 2009, becoming the first Asian American to be elected to a city-wide office in New York City.He was succeeded in the City Council by pharmacist Democrat Peter Koo. Koo, along with Democrat Margaret Chin, a Council member from Manhattan, comprise the Asian-American delegation of the Council.

Two individuals tied to the Liu campaign have been convicted of wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

Liu was born in Taiwan. At the age of five, he moved with his family to the United States from Taiwan. Chang F. Liu, his father, was a Master of Business Administration student and bank teller.In honor of John F. Kennedy, Liu's father changed his sons' names to John, Robert, and Edward, and his own name to Joseph.

He attended PS 20 in Queens and the Bronx High School of Science to 1985,doing community organizing and volunteer work in his spare time.

He graduated from Binghamton University in 1988 where he majored in Mathematical Physics and acted as the Executive Vice President of the Student Association.He worked as a manager atPricewaterhouseCoopers and served as President of the North Flushing Civic Association before his election to the City Council.

Liu is married to Jenny Liu, an engineer, and has one son, Joey, who currently attends a New York City Public School. He resides in Flushing, within blocks from where he immigrated and where he grew up.

Political career
Elected to the New York City Council in 2001 to represent District 20, the northeast Queens area (Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Linden, Murray Hill, Holly, Kissena Park, Harding Heights,Auburndale, part of Whitestone), Liu is the first Asian American to be elected to the City Council.He served as the Chairperson of the New York City Council's Transportation Committee and also served on the committees on Education, Consumer Affairs, Health, Land Use, Contracts, Oversight & Investigations and Lower Manhattan Redevelopment.

In March 2009, Liu announced that he was running for the post of New York City Comptroller.Liu has raised $3 million for his political run, more than his competitors.

Beginning in May, Liu picked up several endorsements. The Village Independent Democrats,The Queens

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