Rita Fan

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The Honourable
Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai
GBM, GBS, CBE, JP
范徐麗泰
Rita Fan.jpg
Deputy of Hong Kong to the NPC
In office
9th National People's Congress
10th National People's Congress
11th National People's Congress
Incumbent
Assumed office
8 December 1997
President of the Legislative Council
In office
25 January 1997 – 30 September 2008
Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa
Sir Donald Tsang
Preceded by Andrew Wong
Succeeded by Jasper Tsang
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
26 September 1983 – 7 October 1992
Appointed by Sir Edward Youde
Constituency Appointed
In office
24 May 1998 – 12 September 2004
Constituency Election Committee
In office
12 September 2004 – 7 September 2008
Succeeded by Cyd Ho
Constituency Hong Kong Island
Unofficial Member of the Executive Council
In office
1989–1992
Appointed by Sir David Wilson
Rita Fan
Born (1945-09-20) 20 September 1945 (age 69)
Shanghai, Republic of China
Residence Hong Kong
Nationality Chinese
Alma mater St. Stephen's Girls' College
University of Hong Kong (B.Sc/M.Sc)
Political party
Liberal Party (Until 1998)
Independent (Since 1998)
Spouse(s) Stephen S.T. Fan (m. 1974–2004; his death); 2 children
Relatives Hsu Ta Tung (father)
Website
Official website
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Fan.
Rita Fan
Traditional Chinese 范徐麗泰
Simplified Chinese 范徐丽泰

Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, GBM, GBS, CBE, JP (born 20 September 1945, Shanghai, China) was the President of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (LegCo) after the transfer of sovereignty from the United Kingdom in 1997. She was the first woman to hold that position. She is a member of the Hong Kong delegation to the 11th National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China.

Background[edit]

Rita Fan studied at St. Stephen's Girls' College from 1952 to 1964 and then at the University of Hong Kong, receiving a BSc in Chemistry and Physics in 1967 and a MSSc in Psychology in 1973.

Political career[edit]

  • President of the Council since 1997 including the Second Legislative Council (2000–2004), First Legislative Council (1998–2000) and the Provisional Legislative Council (1997–1998)
  • Hong Kong Deputy to the Tenth National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Association for Celebration of Reunification of Hong Kong with China Charitable Trust Fund
  • Supervising Adviser of the Hong Kong Federation of Women

Prior to the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Fan was the Hong Kong Deputy to the Ninth National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (1998–2003), Member of the Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1995–1997) and Member of the Preliminary Working Committee for the Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1993–1995). Under British rule, she was a Member of the Executive Council (1989–1992) and a Member of the Legislative Council (1983–1992).[citation needed]

Public service[edit]

Fan served as Chairman of the Education Commission (1990–1992) and Chairman of the Board of Education (1986–1989).

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Shanghai to a business magnate, Hsu Ta Tung, and later married Stephen Fan Sheung-tak until his death from liver cancer in 2004. The couple had a son and a daughter. Their daughter suffered from renal failure in 1995, and Fan donated a kidney to save her daughter's life. Fan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and underwent a mastectomy. She is Honorary President of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Andrew Wong
as President of the Legislative Council
President of the Provisional Legislative Council
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Herself
as President of the Legislative Council
Preceded by
Herself
as President of the Provisional Legislative Council
President of the Legislative Council
1998–2008
Succeeded by
Jasper Tsang
New parliament Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Election Committee
1998–2004
With: Chan Kam-lam, Ma Fung-kwok, Choy So-yuk, Ho Sai-chu (1998–2000)
Ng Ching-fai (1998–2001)
Ng Leung-sing, Ambrose Lau, Yeung Yiu-chung, David Chu (1998–2004)
Ma Fung-kwok (2001–2004)
Constituency eliminated
New seat Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island
2004–2008
With: Ma Lik (2004–2007)
Martin Lee, Yeung Sum, Choy So-yuk, Audrey Eu (2004–2008)
Anson Chan (2007–2008)
Succeeded by
Cyd Ho
National People's Congress
Preceded by
Tsang Hin-chi
Member of Standing Committee
Representative for Hong Kong
2008–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Charles Lee
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Succeeded by
Rafael Hui
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal