Sue grew up in the San Francisco Bay area in a multigenerational home in Chinatown. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley in 1980. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from UC San Francisco in 1986.
Sue decided to pursue her career as a pharmacist to follow in her great-grandfather’s footsteps. Her specialty in geriatrics honors her grandmother. Her extra studies in community practice addressed when someone is discharged from the hospital to make sure their transition back to the home is successful. She fondly remembers translating medical issues for her family and community. She has also been an educator at Boise State University and at the College of Western Idaho.
Remembering her father’s request that all of his children give back to their communities, Sue, though an introvert, said yes when asked to become a public servant and she has passionately represented District 17. According to Sue, it is vital that legislators are visiting with their constituents and discussing the issues that matter to them. Sue shapes her work to fit that value. She listens and she acts. Sue spends most of her time with constituents, making sure that they’re informed and involved.
Sue predominantly works on bills that pertain to education, medications, substance abuse, and healthcare and is a member of the following House committees:
- Commerce and Human Resources
- Health and Welfare
- 2014 – Idaho Democratic Party Legislator of the Year
- 2014 – Outstanding Legislative Advocacy Achievement Award, Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
- 2006 – Cultural Service Award
- 2003 – Women Making History Award