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About David Chiu

David with his mother and father

David Chiu was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014, representing the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco. In his first year, David served as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore; in his second year, he is serving as Chair of the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee. In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed 11 bills that David authored in his freshman year. 

Prior to joining the State Assembly, David Chiu served as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for six years. On his first day in office in 2008, David was elected President of the Board of Supervisors, 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.

Previously, David Chiu 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.

Prior to running for office, David was a hands-on leader in San Francisco. He served as a Small Business Commissioner, president of the Asian American Bar Association, board member of Partners Ending Domestic Abuse and board chairman for the Youth Leadership Institute, the Chinatown Community Development Center and Lower Polk Neighbors. David was elected three times to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, and chaired the Assembly District’s Democratic 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 represents immigrant and foster care youth.