Phil Ting

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Phil Ting
Phil Ting CA assembly photo.jpeg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 19th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Fiona Ma (redistricted)
Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco
In office
July 15, 2005 – December 3, 2012
Preceded by Mabel Teng
Succeeded by Carmen Chu
Personal details
Born (1969-02-09) February 9, 1969 (age 48)
Torrance, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susan Sun
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (BA)
Harvard University (MA)
Profession Financial advisor
Phil Ting

Philip Y. Ting (Chinese: 丁右立; pinyin: Dīng Yòulì) (born February 9, 1969) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 19th Assembly District, which encompasses western San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.

Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was the Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco. He is the current Vice-Chair of the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. In 2016, he became the first API assemblymember to serve as Chair of the powerful Assembly Budget Committee.

Early Career[edit]

Phil Ting began his career as a real estate financial adviser at Arthur Andersen and CB Richard Ellis. He also previously served as the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus, as the president of the Bay Area Assessors Association, and on the board of Equality California.[1]

Career in San Francisco Politics[edit]

Phil Ting was appointed San Francisco Assessor-Recorder in 2005 by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, becoming San Francisco’s highest-ranking Chinese-American official at the time.

As Assessor-Recorder, Ting cleared a five-year assessment backlog, which resulted in the collection of more than $200 million in unpaid property taxes.[2]

In February 2012, Ting commissioned the country’s first real study of mortgage fraud that spurred national action,[3] uncovering "widespread mortgage industry irregularity" in San Francisco foreclosures.[4]

Specifically, Ting commissioned an audit of nearly 400 homes in the city that had been foreclosed upon in 2009-2011. The results of the audit, which demonstrated that more than 80% of the sampled foreclosures contained at least one clear legal violation, provided documented support for the state legislature to push for increased oversight of the mortgage industry.[5]

During his stint as Assessor-Recorder, Ting launched several programs and initiatives, including GoSolarSF[6]—a program to increase rooftop solar installations in San Francisco that was called "wildly successful" by city officials[7]—and ChinaSF—a joint venture between public and private that has helped make it easier for Chinese enterprises to invest and open offices in San Francisco.[8]

In 2010, he launched Reset San Francisco,[9] an online community that uses new media to engage San Franciscans and encourage them to participate in the conversation on how to improve their community and hold government more accountable.

State Assembly[edit]

Ting ran in the San Francisco Mayoral election of 2011 but was defeated by incumbent Mayor Ed Lee. The following year, in 2012, he was elected to the California State Assembly.

In 2014, Ting announced his support for a $100 million property tax-break for large corporations in San Francisco's Mid-Market District.[10] Just a few months later, he used his position as Chairman of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee to deny a vote on a popular tax-break for veterans organizations despite it costing only a few hundred thousand dollars.[11][12]

A Democrat, Ting represents the state's 19th District, which includes the west side of San Francisco, in addition to Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and South San Francisco.[1]

Ting is currently Chair of the Assembly Committee on Budget and is first Asian-American to hold the position. He previously served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus.[1]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 19th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 45,103 77.6
Republican Rene Pineda 12,985 22.4
Total votes 58,088 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 81,103 77.0
Republican Rene Pineda 24,170 23.0
Total votes 105,273 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 19th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 95,046 83.6
Republican Carlos "Chuck" Taylor 18,686 16.4
Democratic Daniel C. Kappler (write-in) 22 0.0
Total votes 113,754 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 150,052 80.1
Republican Carlos "Chuck" Taylor 37,180 19.9
Total votes 187,232 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life[edit]

Ting is a graduate of UC Berkeley and John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[13][citation needed] He lives in San Francisco's Sunset District with his wife and their two daughters.[14] His parents are immigrants from Taiwan.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "Biography - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  2. ^ "The State's Only Happy Tax Man - The Bay Citizen". July 14, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2016 – via The Bay Citizen. 
  3. ^ Pelosi, Speier Request Justice Department Examination into Possible Violations of Federal Law in San Francisco Foreclosures – Rep. Pelosi. (2012-02-17). Retrieved on 2012-03-23.
  4. ^ "Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting Uncovers Widespread Mortgage Industry Irregularity in San Francisco Foreclosures |". Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  5. ^ Morgenson, Gretchen (2012-02-15). "California Audit Finds Broad Irregularities in Foreclosures". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  6. ^ Sign the Petition to Save GoSolarSF in San Francisco. Reset San Francisco. Retrieved on 2012-03-23.
  7. ^ "GoSolarSF rebate backers fight fund cuts". Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  8. ^ "SF seeks to be hub for Chinese currency". Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  9. ^ Phil Ting for Assembly 2012. Reset San Francisco. Retrieved on 2012-03-23.
  10. ^ "Twitter Tax Break is Target in San Francisco Income War". 3 April 2014 – via 
  11. ^ "Bill Status". 
  12. ^ "California Council of MOAA". 
  13. ^ About Phil Ting | Phil Ting for Assembly 2012. Retrieved on 2012-03-23.
  14. ^ About Phil Ting. Reset San Francisco. Retrieved on 2012-03-23.
  15. ^ "丁右立宣佈有意參選舊金山市長 - 大紀元". 2 December 2010. 

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