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Ling Ling Chang (born July 24, 1976) is an American politician who is currently serving in the California State Senate, representing the 29th district, encompassing parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. She is a Republican. Prior to being elected to the state Senate, she was a Diamond Bar City Councilwoman and a state Representative. In 2016, Chang was a candidate for California's 29th State Senate district, losing the general election narrowly to Democrat Josh Newman. After Newman was recalled by voters in 2018, Chang won a plurality of votes on the recall ballot and became the state senator for California's 29th district.

Ling Ling Chang
張玲齡
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Chang (right) after taking the oath of office in 2018
Member of the California State Senate
from the 29th district
Assumed office
June 25, 2018
Preceded byJosh Newman
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 55th district
In office
December 1, 2014 – November 30, 2016
Preceded byCurt Hagman
Succeeded byPhillip Chen
Personal details
Born (1976-07-24) July 24, 1976 (age 42)
Taipei, Taiwan
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Andrew Wong
ResidenceDiamond Bar, California
OccupationPolitician
Websitehttps://chang.cssrc.us/

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Early life and educationEdit

Born in Taiwan, Chang and her family emigrated to the United States when she was three years old.[1] She was raised in Diamond Bar and graduated from Diamond Bar High School.[2] She studied biology at UC Riverside but did not graduate.[1][3] She was criticized during her 2014 campaign for claims that she attended Harvard University when she was in fact taking online classes through Harvard Extension School, the university's online extension program, which is open to the general public.[4][5]

CareerEdit

Chang worked at Strategy Insights Group. In 2005, she was elected to the Walnut Valley Water District Board and was then elected twice to the Diamond Bar City Council.[6]

California State AssemblyEdit

Chang was elected to the California Assembly in the 55th district in 2014 and had five bills signed into law in her first seven months in office.[1] She also proposed bills seeking to cut business regulations.[3]

California's 55th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ling Ling Chang 13,242 28.7
Democratic Gregg D. Fritchle 12,243 26.5
Republican Phillip Chen 10,659 23.1
Republican Steve Tye 9,987 21.6
Total votes 46,131 100.0
General election
Republican Ling Ling Chang 54,313 63.7
Democratic Gregg D. Fritchle 30,895 36.3
Total votes 85,208 100.0
Republican hold

2016 Senate runEdit

Chang was the Republican candidate for California's 29th State Senate district in the 2016 election. She ran against two Democrats, former Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang and veteran Josh Newman to succeed Bob Huff in 2016 due to term limits.[7]

As of October 2016, Chang had raised more than $4 million.[3] She made public comments distancing herself from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.[8][9] In November 2016, with 49.6% of the vote, Chang lost the general election to Democrat Josh Newman.[10]

California's 29th State Senate district election, 2016 [11]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ling Ling Chang 73,514 44.0
Democratic Josh Newman 48,754 29.2
Democratic Sukhee Kang 44,766 26.8
Total votes 167,034 100.0
General election
Democratic Josh Newman 160,230 50.4
Republican Ling Ling Chang 157,732 49.6
Total votes 317,962 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

2018 SenateEdit

On June 5, 2018, Newman was recalled from the state Senate. Newman was targeted for recall by the Republican Party of California in an attempt to break the Democratic super majority in the Senate, though the campaign also emphasized Newman's vote to increase gas and vehicle taxes to fund infrastructure improvements.[12] Chang won the election on a plurality vote, with a little under 34% of the vote.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Chang is married to Andrew Wong, an attorney.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c The Editorial Board (October 11, 2016). "Elect Ling Ling Chang to state Senate in 29th District: Endorsement". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Diamond Bar High School.
  3. ^ a b c Graham, Jordan (October 27, 2016). "Orange County state senate race could decide balance of power in Sacramento". Orange County Register. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  4. ^ Wisckol, Martin (March 28, 2014). "Biographies are scrutinized in 55th state Assembly District race". The Orange County Register. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ling-Ling Chang and her Misleading Resume - California Political Review". California Political Review. 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  6. ^ a b Scauzillo, Steve (November 4, 2014). "Election 2014: Ling-Ling Chang easily wins seat in state Assembly". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Shimura, Tomoya (June 8, 2016). "California 29th Senate District: Ling Ling Chang, Josh Newman to face off". Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  8. ^ Wisckol, Martin (August 19, 2016). "Two local GOP candidates steer clear of Donald Trump". Orange Country Register. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Williams, Lauren (October 9, 2016). "Some California Republicans call for Trump to resign". Orange County Register. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "Newman Defeats Chang in Close Senate Race". Rafu Shimpo. December 1, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "California Presidential Primary Election, Tuesday, June 7, 2016: State Senate District 29 - Districtwide Results". California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  12. ^ Smith, Dakota (June 5, 2018). "California Sen. Josh Newman seems headed for removal from office for supporting higher gas tax". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Special Recall Election". California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on June 24, 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.