Chen Chin-te (Chinese: 陳金德; born 26 September 1961), also known as Derek Chen, is a Taiwanese politician.

Chen Chin-te

Chen in February 2015
Magistrate of Yilan County
In office
6 November 2017 – 25 December 2018
DeputyYu Lian-sing (余聯興)[1]
Preceded byLin Tsung-hsien
Wu Tze-cheng (acting)
Succeeded byLin Zi-miao
Member of the Legislative Yuan
In office
1 February 2002 – 31 January 2008
Succeeded byLin Chien-jung
ConstituencyYilan County
Personal details
Born (1961-09-26) 26 September 1961 (age 58)
Luodong, Yilan, Taiwan
Political partyDemocratic Progressive Party
Alma materNational Taiwan University of Science and Technology
National Taipei University of Technology


Chen attended National Taipei University of Technology and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.[2] Through his activism, Chen became known as the "oldest grandson of the tangwai movement."[3] He worked as Yu Shyi-kun's secretary when Yu was Yilan County magistrate.[4] Chen ended his graduate studies without earning a doctoral degree, to run in the 1991 National Assembly elections.[5] While a member of the National Assembly, Chen also served as Democratic Progressive Party caucus leader. Within the DPP, Chen was affiliated with the New Tide faction.[6] In 2000, Chen helped pass laws that reduced the power of the legislative body.[7][8] Most of the assembly's responsibilities were delegated to the Legislative Yuan.[9]

Upon stepping down from the National Assembly, Chen served as leader of Yilan County's Civil Affairs Bureau.[4] He formed an electoral coalition with Chen Tsiao-long, Chiu Kuo-chang, Kang Tai-shan, Liu Yi-te, and Lan Shih-tsung [zh] prior to the 2001 Legislative Yuan elections. The group vowed to bring reforms similar to those implemented in the National Assembly to the Legislative Yuan.[7] Out of these six candidates, only the Chens were elected to the Legislative Yuan. Shortly after taking office as a representative of Yilan County, Chen Chin-te became the first DPP official to visit China since Chinese vice premier Qian Qichen explicitly acknowledged the possibility in 2002.[10][11] Chen began discussing legislative reform upon his return from China. He supported a Legislative Yuan with approximately 140 members,[12] and formed an inter-party alliance to discuss the issue in May 2002, alongside fellow lawmakers Alex Tsai and Lu Hsueh-chang.[13] Chen criticized a vote held on legislative membership reductions in March 2004, as rushed.[14] An amendment cutting the number of seats in the Legislative Yuan was passed later that year.

In addition to legislative reform, Chen also sought to codify the use of referendums. He proposed a bill for that purpose in 2003.[15] Later that year, Chen was tasked with announcing the party platform regarding referendums.[16][17] The Referendum Act was enacted in December 2003.

Chen was reelected to the Legislative Yuan in 2004, but lost his bid for a third term in 2008 to Lin Chien-jung.[18][19] Near the end of Chen's term, he served as convenor of the Organic Laws and Statues Committee.[20] Chen engaged in contentious discussions, occupying the speaker's podium in January 2007 to delay a budget vote,[21] and telling Ting Shou-chung, "You are a lackey of China," while debating absentee voting in March 2007.[22] In June, Chen initiated a vote of no confidence against Premier Chang Chun-hsiung,[23] a fellow member of the Democratic Progressive Party, in an attempt to dissolve the Sixth Legislative Yuan,[24] though the vote failed.[25] After Yilan County Magistrate Lu Kuo-hua announced the end of Children's Folklore and Folk Game Festival, Chen attempted to stage a recall vote against Lu.[26][27]

Upon leaving the Legislative Yuan at the end of his second term, Chiu served Kaohsiung County Government as leader of the Environmental Protection Bureau.[28] After Kaohsiung County and Kaohsiung City had merged to form a special municipality, Chen Chin-te served as deputy mayor of Kaohsiung under Chen Chu.[29] Later, Chen Chin-te served as chairman of the CPC Corporation.[30] He resigned the position on 18 August 2017 after a widespread blackout affected the nation three days prior.[31] Chen succeeded Wu Tze-cheng as acting Yilan County magistrate on 6 November.[32] In January 2018, Chen stated that he would not seek a full term as Yilan County magistrate.[33]


  1. ^ Shen, Worthy; Wang, Flor (5 September 2018). "Beach in Yilan closed after five deaths". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Chen Chin-te (6)". Legislative Yuan. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  3. ^ Yang, Shu-mei (7 July 2002). "The 'Ilan Tank' trundles into the future". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b Lin, Chieh-yu (30 July 2001). "The president's right-hand man". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Chen Chin-te (5)". Legislative Yuan. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  6. ^ Lin, Chieh-yu (19 July 2004). "DPP tightens rules on factions". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b Low, Stephanie (18 January 2001). "Ex-deputies set sights on legislature". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  8. ^ Hsu, Crystal (7 March 2002). "Committee rejects National Assembly reform bill". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  9. ^ Low, Stephanie (31 March 2000). "KMT, DPP decide Assembly's fate". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  10. ^ "First DPP member visits China over crewman ban". Taipei Times. 16 March 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Vietnam set to provide fishermen". Taipei Times. 23 April 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  12. ^ Hsu, Crystal (28 April 2002). "Lawmakers at odds over plans to cut size of legislature". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Lawmakers team up on reform drive". Taipei Times. 10 May 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  14. ^ Wu, Debby (13 March 2004). "Seat reduction vote slated for March 19". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  15. ^ Tsai, Ting-i (3 April 2003). "Referendum draft review still stalled in committee". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  16. ^ Lu, Fiona (29 June 2003). "Referendum to skirt sovereignty: DPP". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  17. ^ Lu, Fiona (6 July 2003). "Referendum can be a tactical tool". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  18. ^ Yan-chih, Mo; Shih, Hsiu-chuan; Hsu, Jenny W. (12 January 2008). "Parties issue final appeal for support". Taipei Times.
  19. ^ "Legislative elections and referendums" (PDF). Taipei Times. 13 January 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  20. ^ Wang, Flora (29 January 2007). "KMT legislators blame DPP for stalling anti-graft bills". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  21. ^ Shih, Hsiu-chuan (20 January 2007). "CEC amendment leads to gridlock, legislative chaos". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  22. ^ Shih, Hsiu-chuan; Wang, Flora (27 March 2007). "Absentee voting bill causes squabbles". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  23. ^ Shih, Hsiu-chuan; Loa, Iok-sin (2 June 2007). "DPP calls pan-blues' bluff over Cabinet". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  24. ^ "Chang open to toppling Cabinet". Taipei Times. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  25. ^ Shih, Hsiu-chuan (15 June 2007). "No-confidence plan fizzles out". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Festival cancelation possible". Taipei Times. 8 August 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  27. ^ "Lawmaker warns Ilan chief against changing festival". Taipei Times. 10 August 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  28. ^ Fang, Chih-hsien (28 April 2013). "Kaohsiung water cut due to smell". Taipei Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  29. ^ "Kaohsiung warns residents to guard against dengue". Taipei Times. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  30. ^ "CPC considers US investments". Taipei Times. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  31. ^ Kuo, Chia-erh (19 August 2017). "CPC chairman Chen quits". Taipei Times. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  32. ^ Lin, Chia-nan (15 November 2017). "Higher taxes are protecting Yilan, COA minister says". Taipei Times. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  33. ^ Chen, Wei-han (16 January 2018). "DPP registers candidates for four local primaries". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2018.