Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) has been elected the new chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Leadership PAC, the organization announced Wednesday. She succeeds Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), who founded the Leadership PAC and will remain on its executive board as immediate past chair.
The PAC is a federal political action committee focused on supporting candidates of Asian-American and Pacific Islander descent as well as candidates who support the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community's issues.
"I'm extremely proud of the progress we have made over the last two election cycles," Chu said in a statement. "I have full confidence that my colleague, Grace Meng, will lead our PAC to new heights with her vision and commitment."
Since the CAPAC Leadership PAC launched in late 2011, it has seen the election of eight new Asian-American and Pacific Islander officials to Congress.
According to the PAC's press release, there are 40 Asian-American and Pacific Islander candidates running for federal office this year. The Asian-American and Pacific Islander population in the United States grew 46 percent from 2002 to 2014, making it the fastest-growing population in the United States, and currently stands at 20 million people, approximately 6 percent of the overall U.S. population.
Meng, who is currently in her second term in the House of Representatives, is the first Asian-American Congress member from New York State, where she serves the Sixth Congressional District.
"In order to energize the AAPI community and ensure we have a seat at the table, we must work hard to elect candidates that understand and will uphold the mission of the CAPAC Leadership PAC," Meng said. "The CAPAC Leadership PAC played an important role in my election and I look forward to offering the same opportunities to candidates that share our values and that live in districts with large AAPI populations."