Council Member Maria Tu
Maria Tu’s parents had lived through the ravages of Chinese communism. To them, America was the greatest beacon of hope and opportunity on Earth. When the opportunity came to go to America, Maria’s parents decided to go alone and leave her and her brother behind until they were established financially. They told 9-year-old Maria that she would have to stay behind with her grandparents.
The tenacious Maria called a family meeting and told her parents she wanted to live the American Dream and that she would not be a financial burden—Maria promised that she would work hard and pay her own way. A month later she was with her family in America.
After college, at age 19, Maria campaigned for Senator Daniel J. Evans and followed him to Washington D.C. when he won the U.S. Senate seat. Later, she came back home to go to law school, and after passing the Washington bar, Maria was hired by one of the top six Washington law firms to develop legal representation in the area of international business transactions between U.S. and Asian companies.
Maria was successful, but she wanted something that would challenge her more. She left Washington State and came to Texas to start anew.
When Maria arrived in Plano, Texas, she had no money in her pockets, but because of Plano, Maria and her husband became pioneers of a brand-new market—they founded the first company to sell sushi directly in grocery stores across North Texas.
Eventually, the Tu’s sold their company. Maria went back to the practice of law. Then a non-practicing attorney, Maria sat and passed the Texas Bar exam and was hired as a prosecutor for the Collin County DA’s office. She successfully prosecuted hardened criminals and helped make our community safe. Today, she owns her own law practice—serving Plano families.
For 25 years, Maria has served the Plano community on various organizations including Plano Chamber Of Commerce, Leadership Plano-Class 36, Texas Bar Foundation, Collin County Lawyers Association and the Texas Diversity Council.