Phillip Chen

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Phillip Chen
Phillip Chen official headshot.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 55th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded by Ling Ling Chang
Personal details
Born (1978-04-22) April 22, 1978 (age 39)
Whittier, California
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Diamond Bar, California[citation needed]
Occupation Politician

Phillip Chen is an American politician and member of the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 55th district, encompassing parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a school board trustee for the Walnut Valley Unified School District.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Chen graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim and earned his B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton; and both a Master’s in Public Administration and Doctoral of Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California. He also served as an Adjunct Faculty Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.[2][citation needed]

From 1999-2001, Chen was a member of U.S. National Wushu Team.[3]  Wushu is a form of Chinese martial arts that encompasses two different disciplines, forms and sparring. 

Career[edit]

Chen is a former Los Angeles County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy.[2][citation needed] He was appointed by former Governor Pete Wilson to the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning, overseeing California’s juvenile justice programs. He was a member of the State Advisory Group, Juvenile Justice Legislative Committee and Juvenile Justice Native American Committee.[4][citation needed]

Chen was appointed to serve as a Board Member for the California Physical Therapy Board and worked as a health deputy to former Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich.[5][citation needed]

Chen also served as adjunct faculty at California State Fullerton from 2007-2008[2] and at California State University, Los Angeles in 2016.[6]

Political career[edit]

Chen was elected in November 2011 as a school board member to the Walnut Valley Unified School District and re-elected to a second term in 2015. [7][citation needed]

Chen was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016.  He was appointed to serve in leadership as Deputy Whip to the Assembly Republican Caucus.  His committee membership consists of the Banking and Finance Committee (where he serves as Vice-Chair), Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, Revenue and Taxation Committee, Rules Committee and the Utilities and Energy Committee.[8][citation needed]

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 55th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gregg D. Fritchle 32,439 35.9
Republican Phillip Chen 19,684 21.8
Republican Mike Spence 18,737 20.7
Republican Ray Marquez 10,881 12.0
Republican Steven M. Tye 8,600 9.5
Total votes 90,341 100.0
General election
Republican Phillip Chen 98,960 57.7
Democratic Gregg D. Fritchle 72,471 42.3
Total votes 171,431 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life[edit]

Chen and his mother are small business owners who own and operate a property management company. Chen's brother, David, is a deputy district attorney with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office.[9][citation needed]

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