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Phillip Chen is an American politician and member of the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 55th district, encompassing parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a school board trustee for the Walnut Valley Unified School District.
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 55th district
Assumed office |
December 5, 2016
|Preceded by||Ling Ling Chang|
April 22, 1978|
|Residence||Diamond Bar, California|
Early life and educationEdit
Chen graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim and earned his B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton; and both a Master’s in Public Administration and Doctoral of Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California. He also served as an Adjunct Faculty Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
From 1999-2001, Chen was a member of U.S. National Wushu Team.
Chen also started the first Wushu Chinese martial art course for credit at California State University Fullerton.
Chen is a former Los Angeles County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy. He was appointed by former Governor Pete Wilson to the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning, overseeing California’s juvenile justice programs. He was a member of the State Advisory Group, Juvenile Justice Legislative Committee and Juvenile Justice Native American Committee.
Chen was elected to the California state Assembly in November 2016, when Chang ran unsuccessfully for the California state Senate. He was appointed to serve in leadership as Deputy Whip to the Assembly Republican Caucus. His committee membership consists of the Banking and Finance Committee (where he serves as Vice-Chair), Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, Revenue and Taxation Committee, Rules Committee and the Utilities and Energy Committee.
In 2018, in the wake of California's growing mental health and homeless epidemic, Chen authored Assembly Bill 2156, which would clarify and fine tune the definition of “gravely disabled” to ensure that county investigators evaluate the mental capacity of an individual to provide for their own food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. 
2016 California State AssemblyEdit
|California's 55th State Assembly district election, 2016|
|Democratic||Gregg D. Fritchle||32,439||35.9|
|Republican||Steven M. Tye||8,600||9.5|
|Democratic||Gregg D. Fritchle||72,471||42.3|
Chen and his mother are small business owners who own and operate a property management company. Chen's brother, David, is a deputy district attorney with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office.
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