Lee Ying-yuan

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Lee Ying-yuan
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Secretary-General of the Democratic Progressive Party
In office
15 January 2008 – 15 May 2008
Chairperson Chen Shui-bian
Preceded by Chuo Rung-tai
Succeeded by Wang Tuoh
Minister of Council of Labor Affairs
In office
19 September 2005 – 20 May 2007
Preceded by Chen Chu
Succeeded by Lu Tien-ling
Secretary-General of the Executive Yuan
In office
1 February 2005 – 19 September 2005
Preceded by Authur Iap
Succeeded by Liu Yuh-san
Personal details
Born 16 March 1953 (1953-03-16) (age 62)
Yunlin, Taiwan
Political party Democratic Progressive Party
Alma mater National Taiwan University
Harvard University
University of North Carolina
Occupation Politician
Profession Health economist

Lee Ying-yuan (traditional Chinese: 李應元; simplified Chinese: 李应元; pinyin: Lǐ Yìngyuán) is a former Minister of Council of Labor Affairs of the Republic of China. He was the Secretary-General, Executive Yuan, 2005 and Secretary-General, Democratic Progressive Party, 2008.


In 1988, Lee received his PhD in Health Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a letter of appointment from NTU, but was barred from returning to Taiwan by the KMT government due to criminal records stemming from his pro-democracy activities in the Formosa Incident during Taiwan's martial law period.

Return to Taiwan[edit]

After returning to Taiwan through illegal channels and avoiding intelligence agents for fourteen months, he was arrested with other dissidents, which triggered the movement to repeal Article 100 of the Criminal Code. Pressure from the international community and within Taiwan forced the legislature to abolish the Article.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Lee was elected to the National Parliament, the Legislative Yuan, in 1996.

Lee then became the youngest convener of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus in the legislature. Following DPP’s successful presidential election in 2000, Lee was appointed by President Chen Shui-Bian to be the Deputy Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the U.S. and then Secretary-General of the Executive Yuan. He was then the unsuccessful DPP candidate for Taipei City Mayor election in 2002, losing to President Ma in a landslide.[1]

2002 Taipei City Mayoral Election Result
Party # Candidate Votes Percentage
Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party 1 Lee Ying-yuan 488,811 35.89%
Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 2 Ma Ying-jeou 873,102 64.11% Vote1.png
Total 1,374,862 100.00%
Voter turnout 70.61%

During summer of 2015, Lee accompanied DPP chairperson and 2016 presidential nominee Tsai Ing-wen on her visit to the United States, along with DPP General Secretary Joseph Jau-shieh Wu.

Private life[edit]

Lee is married to Ms. Laura Huang (黃月桂) and has two sons.

His son Robert Lee was born in the U.S. and is currently conducting business in Beijing.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lee is down but not out after defeat". The China Post (Taiwan (ROC)). December 8, 2002. Retrieved April 22, 2011.