Assemblymember David Chiu
David Chiu was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014. He represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco. In December 2014, Speaker Toni Atkins appointed Chiu Assistant Speaker pro Tempore for the 2015-16 Legislative session.
Before joining the State Assembly, David Chiu served as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for six years. With a reputation as a consensus maker, Chiu was the first Board President in San Francisco history elected by fellow Supervisors to three consecutive terms, and the first Asian American to hold the post. Chiu was first elected Supervisor in 2008 to represent San Francisco’s northeast neighborhoods of District 3, which also includes the city’s major tourism, retail, downtown and wharf areas; he was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2012.
The 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. In the mid-1990s, Chiu served as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee and Senator Paul Simon’s aide to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.
After moving to San Francisco in 1996, David Chiu served as a law clerk for Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as a criminal prosecutor at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and as a civil rights attorney with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Chiu was also a founder of the public affairs technology company Grassroots Enterprise, where he served as Chief Operating Officer.
Before running for office, David Chiu was a hands-on leader in San Francisco. He served as a Small Business Commissioner, president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, board member of Partners Ending Domestic Abuse, and chaired the boards of the Youth Leadership Institute, Chinatown Community Development Center and Lower Polk Neighbors. Chiu was elected three times to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, and chaired his Assembly District Democratic Committee.
As Supervisor, David Chiu authored 110 ordinances across a wide range of policy areas, including affordable housing, job creation, public safety, the environment, health care, transportation, civil rights, ethics and technology. For his service, Chiu has received recognitions from the San Francisco Women's Political Committee, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club, Housing Action Coalition, San Francisco Firefighters, among others. He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an American Memorial Marshall Fellow, and one of the “Best Attorneys under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
David Chiu is married to Candace Chen. A third generation San Franciscan, Candace is a public interest lawyer who represents immigrant and foster care youth.
17th Assembly District