Ling Ling Chang
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
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 by||Josh Newman|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 55th district
December 1, 2014 – November 30, 2016
|Preceded by||Curt Hagman|
|Succeeded by||Phillip Chen|
|Born||July 24, 1976|
|Residence||Diamond Bar, California|
Early life and educationEdit
Born in Taiwan, Chang and her family emigrated to the United States when she was three years old. She was raised in Diamond Bar and graduated from Diamond Bar High School. She studied biology at UC Riverside but did not graduate. 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.
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. She also proposed bills seeking to cut business regulations.
|Republican||Ling Ling Chang||13,242||28.7|
|Democratic||Gregg D. Fritchle||12,243||26.5|
|Republican||Ling Ling Chang||54,313||63.7|
|Democratic||Gregg D. Fritchle||30,895||36.3|
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.
As of October 2016, Chang had raised more than $4 million. She made public comments distancing herself from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In November 2016, with 49.6% of the vote, Chang lost the general election to Democrat Josh Newman.
|Republican||Ling Ling Chang||73,514||44.0|
|Republican||Ling Ling Chang||157,732||49.6|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
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. Chang won the election on a plurality vote, with a little under 34% of the vote.
Chang is married to Andrew Wong, an attorney.
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