Peggy Huang was born in Taiwan as the youngest of three children. Her parents applied to come to America before she was born but their application was denied. They applied again, and they eventually came to America when Peggy was seven years old. In total they waited over 11 years to come to America.
While she was in high school, her family moved to Irvine for a better opportunity. Peggy graduated from University High School in Irvine. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelors Degree and earned a Juris Doctorate at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She was awarded AmJur in Professional Responsibility (given to the student with the highest grade in the class). To meet her goals, she worked and put herself through college and law school. Several times, she worked two jobs while attending school full time. Somehow she managed to finish college in four years. However, she still has a student loan and recognizes the burden being placed on students who take out a loan for school.
Peggy interned with the Senate Judiciary Committee and worked on bills in the areas of family law, domestic violence, and child abuse. Recognizing that she had to improve her Mandarin and Taiwanese to better serve the Asian American community, Peggy moved to Taiwan to attend a Chinese language school after graduating from UC Berkeley. While in Taiwan, Peggy volunteered at a shelter for girls who were rescued from prostitution.
After returning to the United States, Peggy attended law school. During her second year in law school she interned at the schools’ Community Legal Services and worked on family law and small claims cases. She also interned at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office’s domestic violence clinic where she helped victims get restraining orders.
During the summer between her second and third year in law school, Peggy worked for Family Services of America in Washington, DC, where she worked on the Welfare Reform Act; specifically, the child welfare block grant. Also, Peggy worked on the Adoption Assistance Act and the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. She also helped a group of social workers and attorneys to start a battered women’s shelter in metro Washington, DC.
During her third year in law school, she worked at the United States Attorney’s Office. Some of the cases Peggy worked on include: one of the largest drug busts that used Greyhound buses to transport drugs from Sacramento to New York; civil rights violation cases at Cochran State Prison; illegal manufacturing of spy equipment; and the Unabomber case (death penalty provision). Peggy also screened prison civil rights cases for criminal prosecution.
Peggy also mentored a girl who was at risk for joining a gang or dropping out of school. It was a mentorship program started by Governor Pete Wilson.
For the past 11 years, she has been the president of the Board of Directors for Lifesteps Children and Family Services. This statewide organization provides services to developmentally delayed children.
Peggy serves as a representative on the Transportation Corridor Agencies and Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District. She is on the Regional Council for Southern California Agencies of Governments and chairs the Community, Education, and Human Development Committee and the Regional Housing Needs Assessment Subcommittee.
Finally, Peggy is the proud mom of two daughters who attend public schools. Her husband, Dr. James Huang, is a primary care physician. Their family has been attending Saddleback Church in Lake Forest for over 10 years.