Phil Ting

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Phil Ting
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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
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.

Ting is best known for setting a California record for highest campaign expenditures per vote after spending $500,000 on his 2011 campaign for San Francisco Mayor only to finish in 12th place. [1][2][3] Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was the Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco.

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.[4]

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.[5]

In February 2012, Ting commissioned the country’s first real study of mortgage fraud that spurred national action,[6] uncovering "widespread mortgage industry irregularity" in San Francisco foreclosures.[7]

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.[8]

State Assembly[edit]

Ting ran in the San Francisco Mayoral election of 2011 but was defeated by incumbent Mayor Ed Lee. Ting's mayoral campaign set a California record for spending the highest campaign expenditures per vote. Ting finished 12th and received only 1013 votes but spent over $500,000 in the process, the majority of the money came from San Francisco taxpayers under the city's public campaign financing scheme which gave Ting over $300,000 in his losing bid.[9] 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, the tax-break was killed due to Ting's actions drawing the anger of veteran organizations.[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.[4]

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.[4]

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 candidacy[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
Republican Carlos "Chuck" Taylor
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent)
Total votes ' '

Personal life[edit]

He lives in San Francisco's Sunset District with his wife and their two daughters,[13] his parents are immigrants from Taiwan.[14]


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  4. ^ a b c "Biography - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  5. ^ "The State's Only Happy Tax Man - The Bay Citizen". July 14, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2016 – via The Bay Citizen. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting Uncovers Widespread Mortgage Industry Irregularity in San Francisco Foreclosures |". Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  8. ^ Morgenson, Gretchen (2012-02-15). "California Audit Finds Broad Irregularities in Foreclosures". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
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  13. ^ About Phil Ting. Reset San Francisco. Retrieved on 2012-03-23.
  14. ^ "丁右立宣佈有意參選舊金山市長 - 大紀元". 2 December 2010. 

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