Su Huan-chih

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Su Huan-chih,
Su Huan-chih.jpg
10th Magistrate of Tainan County
In office
20 December 2001 – 25 December 2010
Preceded by Mark Chen
Succeeded by William Lai as Mayor of Tainan
Personal details
Born (1956-07-20) 20 July 1956 (age 60)
Qigu Township, Tainan County, Taiwan
Nationality Taiwan
Political party Democratic Progressive Party
Alma mater National Taiwan University
Fu Jen Catholic University
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer

Su Huan-chih (simplified Chinese: 苏焕智; traditional Chinese: 蘇煥智; pinyin: Sū Huànzhì; Wade–Giles: Su1 Huan4-chih4; born July 20, 1956) was the magistrate of Tainan County from 2001 to 2010, until Tainan County's merger into Tainan City. Born in a rural township in southern Taiwan, Su graduated from National Taiwan University. He passed the bar examination in 1986 and started his career as a lawyer.[1]

Su made his entry into politics in the 1990s. He was elected legislator three times in a row serving from 1992 to 2001. As an experienced legislator, Su launched a magisterial campaign in 2001 and was elected with over 51% of the votes, becoming the second member of the Democratic Progressive Party to ever hold the position.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Su Huan-chih was born July 20, 1956 in Qigu, Tainan County. He grew up in the agriculture-based township during his childhood years.[1]

Su began studying at the prestigious National Taiwan University majoring in physics. He decided to drop out and switched his major to laws in 1977.[1] After passing the bar examination, Su started his career as a practicing lawyer. With his academic experience in physics, he was hired by IBM Taiwan to serve as its patent attorney.[1]

Su gave up his job at IBM and went back to his hometown to run for legislator. He was elected a member of the Legislative Yuan in 1992. He promoted the senior welfare and environmental protection. Having been elected three times in a row, Su worked to decrease the difference in resource distribution between northern and southern Taiwan.[1]

Tainan magistracy[edit]

Su was elected the magistrate of Tainan County and took office on December 20, 2001.[3] He focused on preserving the environment of the region. For example, he worked with international ecologists and planned to build a research center near the habitat of black-faced spoonbills with a goal to preserve these endangered birds.[4]

The Su administration also improved the technological economy of the region. The net worth of the Tainan Science Park grew from NT$50.1 billion in 2001 to NT$451.6 billion in 2006. Apart from the growth in profit, many new industrial parks were established. As a result, Tainan County transformed from an agrarian county to a technological county.[1]

Despite the technological innovations, Su also promoted agriculture of southern Taiwan. The Taiwan Orchid Plantation (Chinese: 台灣蘭花科技園區) was founded during his term. The plantation has held three international exhibitions since its establishment. The exhibitions attracted more than 600 thousand visitors gaining NT$400 million from export orders.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "縣長 蘇煥智簡介". Tainan County government. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  2. ^ "臺南縣歷屆縣長選舉當選人名單". Central Election Commission. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  3. ^ Tsai Ting-I. "Local government chiefs take up positions". The Taipei Times. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  4. ^ Chiu Yu-tzu. "Southern Taiwan embraces nature". The Taipei Times. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Chen
Magistrate of Tainan County
Succeeded by
County merged into Tainan City; William Lai as the mayor of Tainan