Lin Chia-lung

Lin Chia-lung (Chinese: 林佳龍; pinyin: Lín Jiālóng; Wade–Giles: Lin2 Chia1-lung2; born 13 February 1964) is a Taiwanese academic and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) politician. He was elected mayor of Taichung City in November 2014 and took office on 25 December 2014. In the early 2000s he served in various capacities in the ROC Executive Yuan under DPP President Chen Shui-bian.[1]

Lin Chia-lung
Lin in 2019
Minister of Transportation and Communications of the Republic of China
In office
14 January 2019 – 19 April 2021
PremierSu Tseng-chang
Preceded byWu Hong-mo
Wang Kwo-tsai (acting)
Succeeded byWang Kwo-tsai
Mayor of Taichung
In office
25 December 2014 – 25 December 2018
DeputyBruce Linghu
Preceded byJason Hu
Succeeded byLu Shiow-yen
Member of the Legislative Yuan
In office
1 February 2012 – 25 December 2014
Preceded byDaniel Huang
Succeeded byHuang Kuo-shu
ConstituencyTaichung 6
Secretary-General of the Democratic Progressive Party
In office
25 January 2006 – 15 October 2007
ChairpersonChen Shui-bian
Preceded byLee I-yang
Succeeded byCho Jung-tai
Minister of Government Information Office of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2004 – 13 March 2005
Preceded byHuang Huei-zhen
Succeeded byPasuya Yao
Personal details
Born (1964-02-13) 13 February 1964 (age 57)
Wanhua, Taipei, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyDemocratic Progressive Party
Spouse(s)Liao Wan-ju (廖婉如)
Alma materNational Taiwan University
Yale University
Lin Chia-lung
Traditional Chinese林佳龍
Simplified Chinese林佳龙


Lin was born in Taipei City.[2] After graduating from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, Lin Chia-lung attended National Taiwan University (NTU), where he received his BA (1986) and MA (1988) in political science.[3] As a student representative at NTU, Lin was active in the NTU Society for the Study of Mainland China (臺大大陸問題研究社), and a participant in the "Love of Freedom" (自由之愛) campus free speech movement. Lin played a key role in pushing for the direct election of the student council chairman by students, and was responsible for drafting the election plan proposed by students to the campus administration in 1984.[4][5]

Lin left Taiwan for the United States to attend Yale University on a Fulbright scholarship from 1991 through 1994. He received master's degrees in philosophy (1992) and political science (1993), as well as a PhD. in political science (1998). Returning to Taiwan after graduating from Yale, Lin served on the faculty of the political science department at National Chung Cheng University as an assistant professor from 1999 through 2004.[3] His research interests include the democratization of Taiwan, as well as the political and economic development of the People's Republic of China, and has written several books on the subjects.[6][7]

Lin is married to Liao Wan-ju (廖婉如).[8][9]

Political careerEdit

Lin was appointed as an advisor to the National Security Council in 2000, and to the position of cabinet spokesman in 2003.[10] Lin represented the government position in a debate against Legislator Kao Chin Su-mei, where he argued in favor of arms procurements which would be submitted to referendum the following year.[11]

Due to his performance as cabinet spokesman, Lin was appointed director of the Government Information Office (GIO) by President Chen Shui-bian following his reelection in 2004.[12] In January 2005, Lin authorized a GIO program encouraging donations to provide financial support for orphans of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.[13] Controversy over the program later arose in August 2005, five months after Lin had left GIO, surrounding the delay in disbursing NT$400 million in donations to various charities and NGOs. Media reports suggesting that the program had been neglected in the transition between Lin and his successor at GIO, Pasuya Yao were denied by GIO, which promised the funds would be disbursed by September 5.[14]

Lin resigned from his position as GIO director in March 2005 to run as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate for mayor of Taichung City.[15] In the ensuing elections held in December 2005, Lin lost against incumbent Mayor Jason Hu by 87,075 votes (19.3%).[16] In 2014 Lin ran again against Hu and won by a landslide margin, over 200,000 votes.

Lin was appointed DPP Secretary-General in January 2006, and Deputy Secretary-General to the President in October 2007.[3]

Mayor of TaichungEdit

2014 Taichung City mayor electionEdit

Lin defeated DPP legislator Tsai Chi-chang in a public opinion poll that served as the party's primary on 31 December 2013.[17] He was elected as the Mayor of Taichung after winning the Taichung Mayoralty election on 29 November 2014 defeating incumbent Jason Hu of the Kuomintang.[18]

2014 Taichung City Mayoralty Election Result
No. Candidate Party Votes Percentage
1 Jason Hu   KMT 637,531 42.94%
2 Lin Chia-lung DPP 847,284 57.06%  

2018 Taichung City mayor electionEdit

2018 Democratic Progressive Party Taichung City mayoral primary results
Candidates Place Result
Lin Chia-lung Nominated Walkover
2018 Taichung City mayoral results
No. Candidate Party Votes Percentage
1 Song Yuan-tong (宋原通)   Independent 15,919 1.09%
2 Lin Chia-lung Democratic Progressive Party 619,855 42.35%
3 Lu Shiow-yen   Kuomintang 827,996 56.57%  
Total voters  2,213,789
Valid votes  1,463,770
Invalid votes  
Voter turnout  66.12%

Minister of Transportation and CommunicationsEdit

Lin succeeded Wang Kwo-tsai on 14 January 2019 who was acting Minister of Transportation and Communications. He resigned on 4 April 2021 in the aftermath of the Hualien train derailment which killed at least 49 people,[19] stating that he would take full political responsibility for the crash and will leave once the rescue work ends.[20][21]


  1. ^ "台中市 (3)林佳龍". 2005縣市長選舉. Democratic Progressive Party. Retrieved 2008-04-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Su, Joy (2 March 2005). "GIO head to join Taichung race". Taipei Times. Retrieved 13 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Deputy Secretary-General to the President". Presidential Office Organization. ROC Office of the President. Retrieved 2008-04-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ 民國七十四年至七十七年 (1985 - 1988). 歷史沿革 (Historical Changes). NTU Student Association - 19th. 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2008-04-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ 蘇, 永耀 (2004-08-08), 《星期人物》林佳龍 理論行動家謀定後動, The Liberty Times (in Chinese)
  6. ^ Lin, Chia-lung (July 2007), 民主到底: 公投民主在臺灣 (Democracy All the Way: Referendum Movement in Taiwan), 臺灣智庫, ISBN 978-986-83367-1-1
  7. ^ Lin, Chia-lung; et al. (2004), 未來中國: 退化的極權主義 (Future China: Weakening of Authoritarianism), 時報文化, ISBN 957-13-4016-2
  8. ^ Lee, Hsin-fang; Chang, Ching-ya; Chen, Wei-han (30 June 2015). "Lin Chia-lung's fortune tops NT$300m". Taipei Times. Retrieved 14 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Hsiao, Alison (29 November 2014). "Taichung candidates hold election-eve rallies". Taipei Times. Retrieved 14 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Ko, Shu-Ling (2003-03-03), "Lin wins praise for interpersonal skills", The Taipei Times, p. 3, retrieved 2008-04-05 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Ko, Shu-ling (2004-03-01), "Debate focuses on missile sentiments", The Taipei Times, p. 1, retrieved 2008-04-06 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Ko, Shu-ling (2004-05-20), "Six outgoing Cabinet members honored at party", The Taipei Times, p. 4, retrieved 2008-04-06 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "GIO calls on public to help victims of Asian tsunami", The Taipei Times, p. 3, 2005-01-08, retrieved 2008-04-06 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Ko, Shu-ling; Chuang, Jimmy (2005-08-25), "DPP calls for probe of delays in tsunami payouts", The Taipei Times, p. 3, retrieved 2008-04-06 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Su, Joy (2005-03-02), "GIO head to join Taichung race", The Taipei Times, p. 3, retrieved 2008-04-06 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Mo, Yan-chih (2003-12-04), "Jason Hu flays DPP in Taichung City", The Taipei Times, p. 4, retrieved 2008-04-06 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ Wang, Chris; Mo, Yan-chih (1 January 2014). "Legislator Lin Chia-lung wins DPP's Taichung mayoral public opinion poll". Taipei Times. Retrieved 13 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ Hsiao, Alison (30 November 2014). "DPP wins mayoral race in Taichung with landslide". Taipei Times. Retrieved 13 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ News, Taiwan. "Death toll in Taiwan train derailment revised down to 49 | Taiwan News | 2021/04/11". Taiwan News. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  20. ^ "林佳龍深夜發文首曝辭職歷程:不戀棧、內心極痛楚自責" ["Will not cling on power; very heartbroken and sorry": Lin Chia-Lung's midnight Facebook post revealed the unfolding of his resignation]. 聯合新聞網 (in Chinese). 2021-04-04. Retrieved 2021-04-04.
  21. ^ Wang, Cindy (2021-04-02). "High-Speed Train Derails in Taiwan's East Coast, Killing 41". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2021-04-02.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jason Hu
Mayor of Taichung
25 December 2014 – 25 December 2018
Succeeded by
Lu Shiow-yen