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Edwin Pun "Ed" Chau (周本立; born September 17, 1957) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 49th state assembly District, which encompasses the western San Gabriel Valley.

Edwin "Ed" Chau
周本立
Chau headshot.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 49th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded byMike Eng
Personal details
Born
Edwin Pun Chau[1]

(1957-09-17) September 17, 1957 (age 62)
Hong Kong
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Candice[2]
ResidenceArcadia, California
Alma materUniversity of Southern California (BA) (BS)
Southwestern University School of Law (JD)
OccupationAttorney
Engineer
Websiteasmdc.org/members/a49/

Chau was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Los Angeles. He has a BA in sociology and a BS in computer science from the University of Southern California. He received a law degree from Southwestern University School of Law.[3]

Chau is a member of the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was a Montebello Unified School District trustee from 2000 to 2012. In addition to being an attorney who owns his own law firm, he has been an engineer for IBM and a computer programmer.

In 2008, Chau ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in the 42nd congressional district, losing to Gary Miller.

In 2018 he introduced the California Consumer Privacy Act alongside Robert Hertzberg.[4][5]

2012 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 49th State Assembly district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matthew Lin 20,549 52.2
Democratic Ed Chau 13,746 34.9
Democratic Mitchell Ing 5,074 12.9
Total votes 39,369 100.0
General election
Democratic Ed Chau 64,791 56.4
Republican Matthew Lin 50,153 43.6
Total votes 114,944 100.0
Democratic hold

2014 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 49th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Chau (incumbent) 17,540 60.2
Republican Esthela Torres Siegrist 11,576 39.8
Total votes 29,116 100.0
General election
Democratic Ed Chau (incumbent) 33,030 61.5
Republican Esthela Torres Siegrist 20,678 38.5
Total votes 53,708 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 49th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Chau (incumbent) 44,922 99.5
Republican Peter Amundson, Jr. (write-in) 188 0.4
Libertarian Matthew "Boomer" Shannon (write-in) 25 0.1
Total votes 45,135 100.0
General election
Democratic Ed Chau (incumbent) 82,964 70.0
Republican Peter Amundson, Jr. (write-in) 35,533 30.0
Total votes 118,497 100.0
Democratic hold

2018 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 49th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Chau (incumbent) 35,365 69.0
Republican Burton Brink 15,910 31.0
Total votes 46,349 100.0
General election
Democratic Ed Chau (incumbent) 75421 71.2
Republican Burton Brink 30,506 28.8
Total votes 105,927 100.0
Democratic hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.martindale.com/south-pasadena/california/edwin-pun-chau-164621-a/
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20191120222701/http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/state/vote/chau_e/bio.html
  3. ^ "Biography". Assemblymember Ed Chau, District 49. California State Assembly. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  4. ^ California Unanimously Passes Historic Privacy Bill Published by wired.com, retrieved on March 27, 2019
  5. ^ "Bill Text - AB-375 Privacy: personal information: businesses". Leginfo.legislature.ca.gov. Retrieved 27 November 2018.

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