David Chiu elected new chair of Calif. API Legislative Caucus

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California Assemblymember David Chiu announced today his election as Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus:

This month, I’m humbled to have been elected the new Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. As the son of immigrant parents, serving our API communities has been a lifelong passion of mine. As the first Asian American to represent eastern San Francisco in the California legislature, I am grateful that my colleagues have given me the opportunity to lead the Caucus. I want to thank outgoing chair Assemblymember Rob Bonta for his tremendous leadership, and look forward to working around the state to ensure the needs of our diverse API communities are met.

David was first elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014, representing the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco. He was re-elected in 2016 and 2018.

Prior to joining the State Assembly, David served as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for six years. He was the first Asian American to hold the post. David’s reputation as a problem solver led his fellow supervisors to select him as Board President for an unprecedented three consecutive terms. As Board President, David Chiu authored 110 ordinances across a wide range of policy areas.

In his first year in the state legislature, David was appointed by Speaker Toni Atkins to serve as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore. Since 2015, David has served as Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

Before elected office, David served as a civil rights attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, a criminal prosecutor with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and a founder and Chief Operating Officer of a public affairs technology company, Grassroots Enterprise.

In the mid-1990s, David served as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee and Senator Paul Simon’s aide to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.

The first son of immigrant parents, David Chiu grew up in Boston and received his undergraduate, law and master’s in public policy degrees from Harvard University. David is married to Candace Chen. A third-generation San Franciscan, Candace is a public interest lawyer who manages a refugee and foster care youth program. David and Candace are raising their two-year-old son, Lucas.

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