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|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 55th district
|Assumed office |
December 5, 2016
|Preceded by||Ling Ling Chang|
|Born||April 22, 1978|
El Monte, California
|Residence||Yorba Linda, California|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Chén Lì Dé|
Phillip Chen (born April 22, 1978) 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.
Chen graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim.
In 2002, Chen earned his B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. In 2005, Chen earned a Master’s in Public Administration degree from USC. In 2014, Chen earned a Doctoral of Educational Psychology from the USC.
Chen is the owner of a property management company.
From 1999-2001, Chen was a member of U.S. National Wushu Team.
Chen also started the first Wushu Chinese martial art course for credit at California State University Fullerton.
Chen is a former Los Angeles County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy. Chen 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.
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.
Chen was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016, when Chang ran unsuccessfully for the California State Senate. 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), the Business and Professions Committee, the Insurance Committee, the Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy Committee, and the Utilities and Energy Committee.
In 2018, in the wake of California's growing mental health and homeless epidemic, Chen authored Assembly Bill 2156, which would clarify and fine tune the definition of “gravely disabled” to ensure that county investigators evaluate the mental capacity of an individual to provide for their own food, clothing, shelter, and medical care.
That same year, Chen introduced AB 3005 which aimed to protect the sensitive personal information of children in foster care which can be misused to commit various crimes, like fraud and identity theft.
Due to the increased number of crimes in 2019, Chen introduced AB 517 to create an Orange County Property Crime Task Force to prevent crimes as well as identify and arrest criminals who participate in property crimes.
To address the growing number of homeless encampments found beneath our state highways, Chen introduced AB 1908, the Homeless Encampment and Litter Program (HELP), putting more accountability on Caltrans in coordinating access to housing and supportive services for those who need it most.
In an effort to preserve open space in Southern California, Chen introduced AB 2021 which would require the California Department of Parks and Recreation to seek opportunities for acquiring land to expand open space by entering discussions to grow the size of Chino Hills State Park, a landmark that sits at the junction of four of California's most populous counties - Orange, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Riverside. By requiring that State Parks enter in these discussions, we can preserve and expand open space where Californians are able to explore and come away from Chino Hills State Park feeling refreshed after a scenic trail.
2016 California State Assembly
|Democratic||Gregg D. Fritchle||32,439||35.9|
|Republican||Steven M. Tye||8,600||9.5|
|Democratic||Gregg D. Fritchle||72,471||42.3|
2018 California State Assembly
|Republican||Phillip Chen (incumbent)||42,664||47.2|
|Democratic||Gregg D. Fritchle||20,441||22.6|
|Republican||James G. Gerbus||9,731||10.8|
|Republican||Phillip Chen (incumbent)||87,928||54.9|
|Democratic||Gregg D. Fritchle||72,256||45.1|
|Republican||Phillip Chen (incumbent)||64,785||56.2%|
|Democratic||Andrew E. Rodriguez||50,458||43.8%|
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.
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