|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 28th district
December 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Paul Fong|
|Mayor of Campbell, California|
December 2010 – 2014
|Preceded by||Michael Kotowski|
|Member of the Campbell City Council|
June 5, 1983 |
San Jose, California
|Alma mater||De Anza College
San Jose State University
Evan Low (Chinese: 羅達倫; pinyin: Luó Dálún) (born June 5, 1983) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 28th district, encompassing parts of the South Bay. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a Campbell city councilmember.
In 2013, his colleagues on the Campbell City Council selected him to serve as Mayor for a second time. His term on the council expired in 2014.
When his colleagues selected him to become Campbell mayor in 2009, Low became the youngest openly gay, Asian American Mayor in the nation.
He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from San Jose State University. He participated in a three-week program, the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
In 2004, he unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the City Council, and won in 2006. Low worked as a senior district representative for California's former 28th State Assembly district Assemblymember Paul Fong and is a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Low is also known for launching a petition on the website Change.org, that asked the Food and Drug Administration to lift its ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. By August 31, 2013, the petition had garnered over 25,000 signatures and by September 10, 2013, nearly 50,000.
- Babcock, Brian (January 3, 2013). "Evan Low says he'll focus on 'issues that unite us'". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
[Low] wanted to become a teacher, while his father Arthur wanted him to take over his optometry business.
- Vongsarath, Chris (2009-12-02). "Campbell's Evan Low sworn in as youngest Asian-American, openly gay mayor in the country". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
... following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Art Low, a former Campbell Chamber of Commerce President and the 1994 Citizen of the Year.
- McLaughlin, Ken (December 7, 2009). "Campbell picks young, gay mayor". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved December 9, 2009.
- Jones, Carolyn (December 2, 2009). "Young, gay Asian becomes mayor of Campbell". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
- "Campbell Council Expected To Elect Country's Youngest Openly Gay Mayor". KTVU. December 1, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
- Elias, Jennifer (2010-02-04). "New Campbell mayor credits much of his success to SJSU". Spartan Daily (San Jose State University). Retrieved 2015-06-24.
Low said he was rejected from every major college he applied.
- Low, Evan. "FDA: Stop discriminating against me and other gay men who want to donate blood". Change.org (petition). Retrieved 2015-06-24.
Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community simply want to be in recognized and committed loving relationships, be able to defend our country in the armed forces to fight for the freedoms that we value, be part of an invaluable institution that gives young boys the skill sets to become contributing members of our society and finally, to be able to sacrifice of themselves and give blood to save another’s life.