Chen Ding-nan

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CHEN Ding-nan

Minister of Justice of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2000 – 1 February 2005
Preceded by Yeh Chin-fong
Succeeded by Shih Mau-lin
Member of the Legislative Yuan
In office
1 February 1990 – 19 May 2000
Constituency Yilan County
Magistrate of Yilan County
In office
20 December 1981 – 20 December 1989
Preceded by Lee Feng-ming
Succeeded by Yu Shyi-kun
Personal details
Born (1943-09-29)29 September 1943
Sansei village, Ratō District, Taihoku Prefecture, Taiwan, Empire of Japan (modern-day Yilan County)
Died 5 November 2006(2006-11-05) (aged 63)
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality Taiwan
Political party Democratic Progressive Party
Alma mater National Taiwan University
Occupation Politician
Profession Businessperson
Chen Ding-nan
Traditional Chinese 陳定南
Simplified Chinese 陈定南

Chen Ding-nan (29 September 1943 – 5 November 2006) was a Taiwanese politician.

Entry into politics[edit]

As a Yilan County native, Chen received a bachelor's degree in Law from the National Taiwan University in 1966. After graduation Chen ran various business in Yilan. After the Kaohsiung incident, Chen became active in politics as he started to participate in the tangwai movement.

Chen was elected as the Magistrate of Yilan County in 1981 and became the first non-Kuomintang Yilan County Magistrate. During his term Chen accumulated accolades for his fine administration and was re-elected again in 1985.

After his second term ended Chen ran for a seat in the Legislative Yuan in the Yilan County electoral district and won 4 consecutive times (1989, 1992, 1995 and 1998) until appointed as the Minister of Justice on May 20, 2000 by then just-elected President Chen Shui-bian.

Meantime, he also ran unsuccessfully for the Governor of Taiwan Province in 1994 and was defeated by James Soong. Originally an independent, Chen joined the Democratic Progressive Party in 1993 and stayed with the party until his death.

He served as Minister of Justice in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration from 2000 until January 31, 2005. In late 2005 he campaigned for the Yilan County magistrate again but was defeated by the Kuomintang's Lu Kuo-hua (呂國華).

Death and legacy[edit]

Since April 2006, Chen's health condition worsened and was frequently hospitalized for advanced lung cancer. He died in the National Taiwan University Hospital on 6 November 2006, aged 63.[1]

Chen was known as Mr. Clean (陳青天) as he fought against corruption and established the Black Gold Investigation Center.[2] The Chen Ding-nan Foundation, established to commemorate Chen, raised money to build a memorial hall in his honor in Chen's hometown Yilan.[3]


  1. ^ "Taiwan News Online: Taiwan's 'Mr. Clean' passes away". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  2. ^ Chang, Rich "Group remembers late minister Chen", Taipei Times, November 3, 2007
  3. ^ Yang, Yi-min (7 November 2011). "Memorial park to late justice minister Chen Ding-nan opens in Yilan County". Taipei Times. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Lee Feng-ming
Magistrate of Yilan County
Succeeded by
Yu Shyi-kun
Preceded by
Yeh Chin-fong
ROC Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Shih Mau-lin