(CNN) - Democrat Judy Chu is headed to Washington. The former California State Assembly member won a special election Tuesday for the U.S. House of Representatives seat left vacant when Rep. Hilda Solis resigned in February to become President Barack Obama's Secretary of Labor.
Chu, a current member of the state Board of Equalization, won around 62 percent of the vote, easily topping Republican Betty Chu, her cousin by marriage.
The battle was for California's 32nd Congressional district, which is located east of downtown Los Angeles and heavily dominated by Democrats.
The victory will give the Democrats 256 seats in the House, to the Republicans 178. Democrats are likely to win a special election in September for the vacant seat in California's 10th Congressional district. The incumbent, Ellen Tauscher, stepped down to accept a post in the State Department.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report