Kansen Chu

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Kansen Chu
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 25th district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded by Bob Wieckowski
Member of the San Jose City Council
from District 4
In office
Preceded by Chuck Reed
Personal details
Born (1952-10-27) October 27, 1952 (age 65)
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Daisy
Children 2
Residence San Jose, California
Alma mater California State University, Northridge (MS)
Profession Computer programmer

Kansen Chu (Chinese: 朱感生; pinyin: Zhū Gǎnshēng) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 25th Assembly District, which encompasses parts of the South and East Bay regions of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2014, Chu was a San Jose City Councilmember representing District 4. He is a member of the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. He was the first Taiwanese-American elected to the San Jose City Council.

2000 Council[edit]

In 2000, Chu was defeated by now Mayor Chuck Reed for the District 4 council seat.

In his first year on the council, Chu initiated landmark legislation to require citywide green building standards, ban the use of plastic bags, and mandate the installation of automatic heart defibrillators across San Jose.

2002 Berryessa Union School Board[edit]

In 2002, Kansen Chu was elected to the Berryessa Union School Board. As a school board member, he championed stronger curricula, better education materials, and improved public access to school board meetings.

Chu has served on the Berryessa Union School Board for 5 years, Santa Clara Valley Metro YMCA, Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation, Shin Shin Education Foundation, and Advisory Board of Californians for Justice. Kansen has also served on the Santa Clara County Mental Health Board, Private Industry Council under Job Training Partnership Act, Neighborhood Accountability Board of Berryessa, the KNTV Channel 11 Community Board, Asian Law Alliance, and many other advisory commissions and boards. He continues to serve on the board of Vision New America, dedicated to advancing youth involvement in civics and government.

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 25th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kansen Chu 16,672 30.6
Republican Bob Brunton 12,699 23.3
Democratic Armando Gomez 9,218 16.9
Democratic Teresa Cox 9,104 16.7
Democratic Craig Steckler 6,835 12.5
Total votes 54,528 100.0
General election
Democratic Kansen Chu 57,718 69.4
Republican Bob Brunton 25,441 30.6
Total votes 83,159 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 25th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kansen Chu (incumbent) 61,980 75.5
Republican Bob Brunton 20,146 24.5
Total votes 82,126 100.0
General election
Democratic Kansen Chu (incumbent) 107,821 72.8
Republican Bob Brunton 40,280 27.2
Total votes 148,101 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life[edit]

Born in 1952 in Taiwan, Mr. Chu moved to the United States in 1976. Professionally, Kansen has a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Cal State Northridge, and worked as a Microdiagnostics Microprogrammer at IBM for 18 years. Kansen and Daisy have been married for 30 years and they have two children, Ann and Walt.


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