|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 72nd district
December 3, 2018 – November 30, 2020
|Preceded by||Travis Allen|
|Succeeded by||Janet Nguyen|
January 20, 1983
|Political party||California Republican|
|Alma mater||SDSU (BA)|
Tyler Diep (born Truong Diep on January 20, 1983) is an Vietnamese-American politician who served one term in the California State Assembly. A Republican, he represented the 72nd Assembly District, which encompasses parts of northern coastal Orange County which includes the cities of Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Westminster, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and the unincorporated areas of Midway City and Rossmoor.
At the age of twenty-three, Diep was first elected as a director of the Midway City Sanitary District in 2006 and left this position at the end of 2018 after serving three consecutive 4-year terms due to his election to the State Assembly. After being defeated for re-election to the Assembly in the 2020 primary election, Diep successfully ran in the 2020 general election to return to a director's seat at the Midway City Sanitary District.
Concurrently with his initial tenure at the Midway City Sanitary District, Diep was also elected to the Westminster City Council in 2008 and in 2014. He was unanimously selected as Vice Mayor in 2010 and 2018. Professionally, he served as a senior adviser and small business outreach specialist with the California State Board of Equalization and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. In addition, he is also a proud small business owner in Huntington Beach.
For the 2019–20 legislative session, Diep served as vice-chair for the Housing and Community Development Committee and the Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media. He also served as a member of the Appropriations, Public Safety, Transportation, Labor and Employment, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
In July 2019, Diep apologized for using anti-semitic stereotypes in his campaign mailers the previous year against his opponent, Josh Lowenthal. The stereotypes in question depicted Lowenthal "with an enlarged nose and clutching $100 bills."
In 2019, Diep introduced a bill, AB 317, to prohibit private companies from selling DMV appointments. It passed.
In the state Assembly, Diep compiled a moderate record and broke with his party on key issues. Lyft funded a $2 million campaign to unseat Diep, due to his stance on Assembly Bill 5, which categorized rideshare drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. Uber also gave $200,000 to a similar PAC. Partly as a result, he was defeated in the primary by former state Senator Janet Nguyen, who went on to win the November general election.
2018 election results
|Republican||Tyler Diep (incumbent)||29,186||24.8|
- Intarasuwan, Kiki. "Proposed Bill Would Make Selling DMV Appointment Illegal". KNSD.
- "Umberg, Daly, and Diep urge President Trump to halt efforts to deport Vietnamese refugees". February 14, 2019.
- "Tyler Diep for 72nd Assembly District". editorial. Orange County Register. October 26, 2018.
- Vega, Priscella (July 4, 2019). "O.C. assemblyman apologizes to Jews over mailers many found offensive". Los Angeles Times.
- "Assemblymember Tyler Diep introduces bill to prohibit private companies from selling DMV appointments". Orange County Breeze. February 1, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
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- Mai-Duc, Christine (March 2, 2020). "Lyft and Uber Start Spending to Unseat California Legislators". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved July 22, 2020.