Council Member Maria Tu

Maria Tu was born in Taiwan and moved to America with her parents at the age of 10. After graduating from The Evergreen State College in 1983 at age 19, she moved to Washington D.C. to work for U.S. Senator Daniel J. Evans as a Correspondent Assistant. Maria returned to Washington state in 1985 to attend law school at Seattle University, receiving her Juris Doctor in 1988.  She later received a Master of Law in Asian Law (LL.M.) from the University of Washington. After passing the Washington State Bar in 1989, Maria worked for Williams, Kastner & Gibbs until she moved to Texas in 1993. 

While professionally successful, Maria was searching for life happiness. After moving to Texas, she decided to change the course of her life by changing her profession. Working together, Maria and her husband, Gary Tu, built several successful businesses from the ground up including a “sushi-to-go” business serving Whole Foods, Kroger, and Albertsons grocery stores. Their daughter, ViviAnne Tu, was born in Plano 1997. Gary and Maria built their home, family and business in Plano. 

In 2004, Maria took and passed the Texas Bar and became the first Chinese American Assistant District Attorney for the Collin County District Attorney’s Office.  She later left the District Attorney’s office to open her own law office. Her practice focuses on helping and serving those who cannot do so themselves. Maria remains the first and only Chinese American lawyer in Collin County, Texas, whose practice is primarily focused in the area of criminal law. On May 4, 2019, Maria became the first Chinese American woman in the history of the City of Plano elected to serve as a member of Plano City Council. Her objective remains the same: helping and serving those who cannot do so themselves.

Maria is proud to call Plano her forever home. From a pocket full of nothing to a pocket full of accomplishments, Maria found her happiness in serving, giving, helping, and sharing. Her service on the Plano City Council completes this circle of life and happiness, which began in Plano and continues in Plano.