Personal Profile

Full Name Gene Wu
Age 39
Hometown Houston
Race Asian
Occupation Attorney
Education B.S., Texas A&M University; M.A., The University of Texas at Austin; J.D., South Texas School of Law
Spouse: Miya Shay

State Representative Gene Wu proudly serves the people of District 137 in the Texas House. Prior to being elected in 2012, he served as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he sought justice for thousands of crime victims. Gene is currently an attorney in private practice. He served his third term in office in the 85th Legislative Session where he was appointed to the House Committees on Appropriations and Human Services, and passed key legislation addressing Department of Family Services reform, and criminal justice reform.

During his first term in office, Gene authored many important pieces of legislation, including strengthening pipeline safety, modernizing investigations in child abuse and neglect cases, cracking down on organized criminal activity, and improving college readiness. Gene was appointed to serve on the House Elections and Energy Resources Committees.

Following a successful first legislative session, Gene was honored to receive Sierra Club’s New Leadership in Environmental Protection Award, Equality Texas’ Champion of Equality Award, and Freshman of the Year by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.

In the 84th session Gene was appointed to again serve on the House Energy Resources Committee, as well as the House Committee on County Affairs. He passed legislation that modernized the criminal justice system, decriminalized truancy, enhanced Pre-K standards, and offered increased protection for victims of human trafficking. He also worked on legislation addressing juvenile justice reform, including raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction.

Outside his legislative work, Gene remains active and involved in the Houston community. For the past nine years, he has worked with Neighborhood Centers Inc. in conducting monthly workshops that have helped several thousand Harris County residents become United States citizens. Gene currently serves on community advocacy organization boards such as the OCA-Greater Houston Advisory Board, the Chinese Community Center Advisory Board, and the Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Centers Advisory Committee. He is the past President of the Houston 80-20 Political Action Committee. Gene has also served as a mentor and teacher for adults in the Skills for Living program, and tutored at-risk youth at Sharpstown High School.

Gene grew up in the Southwest Houston neighborhood of Sharpstown. He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from Texas A&M University, a Master’s Degree from the LBJ School for Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, and a Law Degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Gene and his wife, Miya, reside in Southwest Houston. They are the proud parents of their sons, Winston and Lyndon.

Information in this bio was provided by Wu's office.
Last updated: July 31, 2017