Kansen Chu

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Kansen Chu
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 25th district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded byBob Wieckowski
Member of the San Jose City Council
from District 4
In office
Preceded byChuck Reed
Personal details
Born (1952-10-27) October 27, 1952 (age 67)
Taipei, Taiwan
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSan Jose, California
Alma materCalifornia State University, Northridge (MS)
ProfessionComputer programmer

Kansen Chu (Chinese: 朱感生; pinyin: Zhū Gǎnshēng born October 27, 1952) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly.[1][2] He is a Democrat representing the 25th Assembly District, which encompasses parts of the South and East Bay regions of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2014, Chu was a San Jose City Councilman representing District 4. He is a member of the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. He was the first Taiwanese-American elected to the San Jose City Council.

2000 Council[edit]

In 2000, Chu was defeated by Chuck Reed for the District 4 council seat.

In his first year on the council, Chu initiated landmark legislation to require citywide green building standards, ban the use of plastic bags, and mandate the installation of automatic heart defibrillators across San Jose.

2002 Berryessa Union School Board[edit]

In 2002, Kansen Chu was elected to the Berryessa Union School Board. As a school board member, he championed stronger curricula, better education materials, and improved public access to school board meetings.

Chu has served on the Berryessa Union School Board for 5 years, Santa Clara Valley Metro YMCA, Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation, Shin Shin Education Foundation, and Advisory Board of Californians for Justice. Kansen has also served on the Santa Clara County Mental Health Board, Private Industry Council under Job Training Partnership Act, Neighborhood Accountability Board of Berryessa, the KNTV Channel 11 Community Board, Asian Law Alliance, and many other advisory commissions and boards. He continues to serve on the board of Vision New America, dedicated to advancing youth involvement in civics and government.

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 25th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kansen Chu 16,672 30.6
Republican Bob Brunton 12,699 23.3
Democratic Armando Gomez 9,218 16.9
Democratic Teresa Cox 9,104 16.7
Democratic Craig Steckler 6,835 12.5
Total votes 54,528 100.0
General election
Democratic Kansen Chu 57,718 69.4
Republican Bob Brunton 25,441 30.6
Total votes 83,159 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 25th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kansen Chu (incumbent) 61,980 75.5
Republican Bob Brunton 20,146 24.5
Total votes 82,126 100.0
General election
Democratic Kansen Chu (incumbent) 107,821 72.8
Republican Bob Brunton 40,280 27.2
Total votes 148,101 100.0
Democratic hold

2018 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 25th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kansen Chu (incumbent) 36,417 51.8
Republican Bob Brunton 16,391 23.3
Democratic Carmen Montano 15,345 21.8
Libertarian Robert Imhoff 2,127 3.0
Total votes 70,280 100.0
General election
Democratic Kansen Chu (incumbent) 98,612 74.3
Republican Bob Brunton 34,193 25.7
Total votes 132,805 100.0
Democratic hold

Departing the California Assembly[edit]

On May 13, 2019, Chu announced that he would be a candidate for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2020. He will not be seeking reelection to the Assembly.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Born in 1952 in Taiwan, Chu moved to the United States in 1976. Professionally, Chu has a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal State Northridge, and worked as a microdiagnostics microprogrammer at IBM for 18 years. Kansen and his wife Daisy have been married for 30 years and have two children, Ann and Walt.


  1. ^ "Assemblymember Kansen Chu /Legislative Technology & Innovation Caucus". catechcaucus.legislature.ca.gov. California, U.S.: California State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2019-03-23. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  2. ^ Archive, ABC7. "Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Salutes: Kansen Chu /ABC7 San Francisco Archive /abc7news.com". abc7news.com. New York, U.S.: ABC News. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  3. ^ "2 School Trustees Announce Bids for Kansen Chu's Assembly Seat". San Jose Inside. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-06-19.

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