Evan Low

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Evan Low
羅達倫
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 28th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded by Paul Fong
Mayor of Campbell, California
In office
December 2010 – 2014
Preceded by Michael Kotowski
Member of the Campbell City Council
In office
2006–2014
Personal details
Born (1983-06-05) June 5, 1983 (age 32)
San Jose, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Campbell, California
Alma mater De Anza College
San Jose State University
Occupation Politician
Website www.evanlow.com

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.[1] 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.[2]

Low was born in 1983 as the son of Arthur Low, a Chinese American optometrist, grew up in San Jose, California, attending Leland High School, and moved to Campbell in 2003.[3][4][5]

He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from San Jose State University.[4][5] 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.[5]

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.[3][4]

While Mayor of San Francisco, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom issued a Proclamation naming June 5, 2006, “Evan Low Day” in the City and County of San Francisco.[2][6][7]

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.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b 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. 
  3. ^ a b McLaughlin, Ken (December 7, 2009). "Campbell picks young, gay mayor". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Jones, Carolyn (December 2, 2009). "Young, gay Asian becomes mayor of Campbell". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "Campbell Council Expected To Elect Country's Youngest Openly Gay Mayor". KTVU. December 1, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.apaics.org/index.php/resources/representative_profile/Evan_Low_CA
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 

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