Twu Shiing-jer

Twu Shiing-jer (Chinese: 涂醒哲; pinyin: Tú Xǐngzhé; Wade–Giles: T'u2 Hsing3-che2; born 17 June 1951) is a Taiwanese politician. He was the Minister of the Department of Health from 2002 to 2003 and later served in the Legislative Yuan from 2008 to 2012. He was the Mayor of Chiayi City from 25 December 2014 to 25 December 2018.[2]

Twu Shiing-jer
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Mayor of Chiayi City
In office
25 December 2014 – 25 December 2018
DeputyHou Chong-wen[1]
Preceded byHuang Min-hui
Succeeded byHuang Min-hui
Member of the Legislative Yuan
In office
1 February 2008 – 31 January 2012
ConstituencyRepublic of China
Minister of Department of Health
(acting until 31 December 2002)
In office
1 September 2002 – 18 May 2003
Preceded byLee Ming-liang
Succeeded byChen Chien-jen
Chief of Centers for Disease Control
In office
29 May 2000 – 30 June 2002
Preceded byChang Hung-jen (張鴻仁) (acting)
Succeeded byChiang Ying-lung (江英隆) (acting)
Personal details
Born (1951-06-17) 17 June 1951 (age 71)
Puzi, Chiayi County, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyDemocratic Progressive Party
Alma materNational Taiwan University
University of California, Los Angeles
Twu Shiing-jer


Twu obtained his bachelor's degree in medicine and master's degree in public health from National Taiwan University. He then obtained his doctoral degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in the United States.[3]

Health ministerEdit

Twu succeeded Lee Ming-liang as minister of the Department of Health on 1 September 2002 and resigned on 16 May 2003.[4][5]

Mayor of Chiayi CityEdit

2009 Chiayi City mayor electionEdit

Twu joined the 2009 Republic of China local elections for the position of Chiayi City mayor. The elections were held on 5 December 2009. He eventually lost to Kuomintang candidate Huang Min-hui.[6]

2009 Chiayi City Mayoralty Election Result
No. Candidate Party Votes Percentage
1 Huang Min-hui   KMT 69,962 52.20%
2 Lin Sheng-fen (林聖芬) Independent 2,801 2.09%
3 Twu Shiing-jer   DPP 61,268 45.71%

2014 Chiayi City mayor electionEdit

Twu won a party primary held in March 2014, and was named the Democratic Progressive Party candidate for the Chiayi City mayoralty.[7] In September, Twu asked the voters to choose the best person, not the wealthiest, referring to politicians from Kuomintang who were mostly backed by their huge assets and government resources to work with business conglomerates run by wealthy families to control local political factions and influence election outcomes. He ran his campaign under the slogan Bold leadership, Chuluo, heading up for Taiwan (氣魄 諸羅 台灣頭).[8] Chiayi was a part of Chuluo County until 1787 when it was renamed.

Twu was elected as the Mayor of Chiayi City after winning the 2014 Chiayi City mayoralty election held on 29 November 2014.[9]

2014 Chiayi City Mayoralty Election Result
No. Candidate Party Votes Percentage
1 Chen Hsiu-li (陳秀麗) Independent 633 0.44%
2 Chen Tai-shan (陳泰山) Independent 786 0.54%
3 Chen Yi-chen (陳以真)   KMT 66,108 45.50%
4 Twu Shiing-jer   DPP 74,698 51.41%
5 Hsu Wen-chien (許文建) Independent 330 0.23%
6 Lin Shi-han (林詩涵) People Democratic Front 2,747 1.89%

2018 Chiayi City mayor electionEdit

2018 Democratic Progressive Party Chiayi City mayoral primary results
Candidates Place Result
Twu Shiing-jer Nominated Walkover
2018 Chiayi City mayoral results
No. Candidate Party Votes Percentage
1 Hsiao Shui-li   Independent 25,572 17.98%
2 Huang Min-hui   Kuomintang 58,558 41.18%  
3 Huang Hung Chen Taiwan Ah Chen World Great Person Rich President (黃宏成台灣阿成
  Independent 1,822 1.28%
4 Twu Shiing-jer Democratic Progressive Party 56,256 39.56%
Total voters  212,843
Valid votes  142,208
Invalid votes  
Voter turnout  66.81%


  1. ^ "Deputy Mayor-Chiayi City Government".
  2. ^ "Twu Shiing-jer claims victory in Chiayi mayoral election (update)".
  3. ^ "The Legislative Yuan Republic of China". 23 July 2013.
  4. ^ Ko, Shu-ling (31 August 2002). "Twu Shiing-jer takes over the health department's top job, but not the title". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  5. ^ Chang, Yun-ping (17 May 2003). "Yu accepts DOH chief's resignation". Taipei Times. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Almost the status quo" (PDF). Taipei Times. 6 December 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  7. ^ Wang, Chris (19 March 2014). "Former DPP legislator wins Chiayi primary". Taipei Times. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  8. ^ Ting, Wei-chieh; Pan, Jason (8 September 2014). "INTERVIEW: Vote for best person, not the richest: Twu Shiing-jer". Taipei Times.
  9. ^ Hsu, Stacy (30 November 2014). "2014 ELECTIONS: Shifting tides increase DPP offices in Central Taiwan". Taipei Times. Retrieved 26 March 2016.

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